Imagined

“I started sculpting with wood, but now I only work with stone. I don’t bring down any old stones obviously, not least because they need to be carried. I already have an idea of what I’m going to sculpt when I choose them. I go to fetch them from 2 different mountain ranges: one at 2000 m, where I collect slate, and the other between 2000 and 2800 m, where I find gneiss, which is much harder than slate. There is no large-scale quarrying, no pneumatic drills – I only take what my small arms can carry. My aim is to show what you can’t see. If I took you up to see the place and the stone before I start work on it, you would soon understand. Collecting this rock is a form of recycling. ”

Roland Cretton,
sculptor

Imagined

A mountain guide for many years, Roland Cretton had to give up due to problems with his shoulder, but he took advantage of this change to start producing sculptures. His geological work is now part of the Chamonix heritage.

A glimpse of his geological work from the Mario Colonel Gallery:

www.mario-colonel.com/fr/expositions/57-roland-cretton-sculpteur

Roland Cretton,
sculptor

Imagined

“I really like Le Bistrot in Chamonix. Mickey, the chef, has been following my work quite a long time now. In fact, he’s become a friend and just this morning, he was the first to see a new piece I’ve been working on. “

Roland Cretton,
sculptor