Inauguration in June 2024 in the national forest of Roumare, in Canteleu, near Rouen.
Métropole Rouen Normandie is teaming up with ONF to host the Forêt Monumentale exhibition. This event is a two-year art exhibition that takes the form of a trail of monumental artworks, to be created in a forest of the metropolitan area.
This unique trail of several kilometres offers visitors an opportunity to visit this remarkable natural habitat, or to see it from a different angle. It invites them to explore a stretch of woodland dotted with pieces created by plastic artists, landscapers, artists, designers and architects who have plunged themselves into these green lungs to experiment with new art forms.
The Forêt Monumentale event is a chance to explore brand new inspirations and tales that bring into question the relationship between humans and nature.
This event is also part of a major initiative to showcase these three state-owned forests carrying the Forêt d’Exception® seal of approval and to highlight the region’s natural heritage, in keeping with the Rouen Agreement guidelines that resulted from the local COP21 meetings.
The very first Forêt Monumentale exhibition took place from September 2019 to September 2021 in the Forêt Verte of Bois Guillaume, Mont Saint Aignan and Houppeville, near Rouen (France). In all, 401 projects from across the world were submitted by artists, designers and architects from 28 different countries. 13 artworks were selected and presented to the public. 400,000 visitors were able to admire these pieces during the two years of the exhibition.
For the second edition, 9 artworks from the future route are the subject of a call for creations.