Cœur d’Hérault: celebrating the rivers with "water artwork"

Successful bet for the association, in search of volunteers to continue its actions.

What could be better on a beautiful, warm weekend than to be on the banks of the Soulondon? This is the successful bet of the Œuvre d’Eau association to celebrate the river in all its forms with “Rivières en fêtes”, Quai Mégisserie, on the banks and even in the water.

Young and old alike were able to take part at the stands – Freewheels for making paddle wheels, Games and river offered by La Compagnie des jeux, discovery of fishing with the Aappma La Gauloise, eco-grazing with Mille Brins d’herbes, etc – many events on June 18 and 19.

The painting by Prosper Gely’s students, hung on the catwalk of the Mégisserie, won the “coup de coeur” in the national competition “Rivers of Images and Rivers of Words”.

Important work with schools

While emphasizing the importance of his association, which offers “learning friendliness” and which, thanks to young people, promotes a necessary social mix locally, Anne-Laure Vigouroux, president of Œuvre d’Eau since 2018, deplores the lack of volunteers which compromises its future.

The series of initiatives concocted for “Rivières en Fête”, which are “the result of all our actions and the meeting of all the actors who revolve around the river”will undoubtedly have remobilized an enthusiastic public.

The program was rich: picnic with Le Réveil Lodévois, a participatory fresco of Soulondon initiated by Alissa Gianni, weaving or basketry workshops with Terre-Contact, musical instruments with the media library, aqua-acoustic percussion with Isabelle and François from Deeplight, the sculptures of Guët, the mills of Bruno, the show Au Fil de l’eau with Les petits loups des Voix, the tale The lamp and the star, a guinguette offering Lebanese food proposed by the SAJ and a concert by Carlos Correia in the Mégisserie gardens to close this festive Saturday.

On Sunday, early risers accompanied by Marc Ettore, from the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO Hérault), enjoyed the song of birds with a walk along the river, the show Les Z’oiseaus by Lise Moyne, a picnic shared lunch and in the afternoon, a walk with Gérald Mareau to discover the irrigation system of the Monplaisir estate.

“The help of the town hall services was welcome for the installation and storage of all the equipment” available on the banks emphasizes Anne-Laure Vigouroux. Luthier by profession, the river is for her “the intermediary to know our environment”.

The ambition of Œuvre d’Eau since its creation in 2016 is to “bring the children back to the water’s edge” through a series of educational actions carried out with schoolchildren in Lodève and the surrounding area. “It is the first lever of respect that future generations will have for this natural environment. We teach them, for example, to understand floods, to play down the drama, to take a positive and multiple look at the river”. She is convinced that “if we educate the youngest, our view of the environment, with the right tools, can change”.

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