“Everywhere I go, I take a hammer and chisel with me. I am looking for stones on which nothing is done. »Douarnenist artist of Irish origin, Dmitri Broe has a passion for granite and engraving in his skin. Used to bike rides, the sculptor often walks on the side of the covered path, in Lesconil. This megalithic complex, composed of 18 monoliths, and probably erected between 3,500 and 2,000 BC. AD, served as a burial place for our distant ancestors. Listed as a historic monument since 1922, it attracts many visitors every year.
“Want to make my own stele”
During his visits to the site and its surroundings, Dmitri Broe spotted a megalithic stone, on private land located a few dozen meters from the classified site. “I started working on this megalith in 2002. I first engraved a small D, we could hardly see it”. On the other hand, today, the work carried out by the sculptor on the megalith is immediately obvious: numerous inscriptions and symbols, Breton, Roman and Gaelic, occupy the surface of the stone. The artist also engraved his name there, as well as his year of birth (1959) and an estimate of his year of death (203?). “My father was a sculptor and carved letters in cemeteries, these are places that I love a lot. I wanted to make my own stele and I got the oral agreement of the owner of the plot on which the rock is located to work on it ”, explains Dmitri Broe, who describes his work as“ modern graffiti ”.
“A request should have been addressed to the town hall”
Like any form of graffiti, Dmitri Broe’s work has not failed to raise comments, positive and negative, at the local level. “I was informed of the existence of these engravings by a hiker”, explains Christian Grijol, mayor of Poullan-sur-Mer. “I do not see that with a very good eye, because I know that this site is dear to Poullanais but the megalith is located on a private site, on which I have only few means of action”, continues -he.
And yet, the mayor should have been informed of the artist’s approach even before it was undertaken. This is what the Architects of Buildings of France (ABF) told him, with whom he got in touch. “Any intervention aimed at modifying the appearance of a property located on the edge of a historic monument is subject to authorization under the heritage code. This megalithic stone being located within the perimeter of 500 m around the covered alley of Lesconil, a listed historic monument, a request should have been sent to the town hall, according to the terms of article L621-32 of the heritage code », Confirms Fabien Sénéchal, ABF in Quimper. And the lack of authorization can earn the author a heavy ticket (up to several thousand euros).
“I was unaware of this provision”, assures Dmitri Broe, obviously in good faith. He says he is ready, if asked, to make sure to turn the rock over and make his work invisible, or even to erase his engravings himself. A job that would take him “several years”, he warns.