© Mélanie Rouiller

© Mélanie Rouiller

Aperitif and sculpture

Marc Bucher loves stone, rock, Michelangelo and the aesthetic of the incomplete. This passionate sculptor practises his art with his wife, Laurence, in their workshop, Le Bûcher, in Fribourg’s Old Town. They offer a range of exhibitions, and creative aperitifs.

Le Bûcher, in the heart of Fribourg’s Old Town, originally stored wood for heating homes in the district. Poor families received a free ration weekly. With the support of the town council, it still has a community role. The Buchers organise many meetings and events there, around their “apéros créatifs”, linked to temporary art exhibitions.

From the first day of his training, Marc Bucher knew that he wanted to work with stone. His lucky star led him to help with the renovation of the great windows of St. Nicolas Cathedral. He then worked with painters and gilders to restore the central vault of the nave. This valuable experience, together with a journey to Carrara in Italy, confirmed him in his choice of this unusual career.

The apéro-sculpture allows a group of friends or workmates to create a work of art with meaning for them. It is a difficult task, requiring patience and determination. Clubs and companies find that the teamwork involved in wielding the sledgehammers and chisels creates a bond between them. Together, they carve out a shared souvenir from the lump of stone. It does not matter if they do not manage to complete the work in the two hours available. As Marc Bucher points out: “Michelangelo’s most fascinating works are those he did not finish. The space left unworked allows room for ideas, emotions and possibilities.”
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