2009, King’s kitchen garden, Versailles, France.
Shed light on rare or abandoned vegetables.
I often travelled in New Caledonia or Africa. I found that these vegetables looked familiar, like small statuettes or totems we might see along the side of a path.
As a Westerner, I didn’t understand their message.In the same way, the sculptural qualities of old vegetables express a mysterious message.
There is something abstract and divine in these vegetables.
Beta vulgaris L. bette à cadre rouge - swiss chard
Artichaud L. pomme de terre, à oeil rouge - potato
Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce - Florence fennel
Pastinaca sativa L. panais - parsnip
Brassica rapa L. navet - turnip
« There is something abstract
and divine in these vegetables. »
Beta vulgaris L. betterave - beet
Chicorium intybus L. chicorée sauvage - chicory
Légumineux – published by Atelier Mai 98 (2015)
Texts by Antoine Jacobsohn, director of the King’s Vegetable Gardens at the Versailles landscape school
and Armand Arnal, the chef at La Chassagnette, Arles