Do you ever wake up in a cold sweat after dreaming of giant udders dispensing wine to the adoring masses? Well, reality has now taken on the stuff of dreams and, of course, it’s in France.
That’s right, visitors to the La Cîté Idéale Festival at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud in the Loire Valley (famous for wine-making) will be helping themselves to a selection of red, white, rosé and locally-produced apple juice from what can only be described as a “teat,” at the end of a six-metre tall spire.
Each one is suspended from the ceiling of a niche within the abbey, and visitors are encouraged to…*ahem*.. “milk” the teats to encourage them to dispense their drink of choice.
The spires are made from overlapping wooden shingles reminiscent of the abbey roof, however beyond this the inspiration for the project is much less obvious.
“The goal was to imagine an installation connected with the abbey and related to its story,” said Jules Charbonnet of Barreau et Charbonnet, the studio behind the installation. “David Martin, director of the abbey, has told us that at one time the abbey was a place of parties, orgies and debauchery for aristocrats, the bourgeoisie and prostitutes.”
Thanks for explaining Jules, it all makes sense now. Giant udders full of wine, why we didn’t think of it earlier?!