Janne Robberstad

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Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe (The Picnic)

By spotogspindel | June 27, 2016

The title is inspired by the French painter Manet, and his painting of four friends having a picnic in the woods. No woods here, but the tranquility is the same. Lying on the gras with the hay-“fence” around you. The sweet smell of drying grass. Looking up, two sea-eagles are floating by high above.


Saturday we invited the public to join us for a picnic in the labyrinth. Several families came, and we had a nice get-together. No need to organize anything for the kids. They very quickly  found themselves playing side by side, running, chasing, playing in and around the hay-labyrinth. Giggles and squeals of happiness were heard.


On Friday one of the local kindergartens had visited, and even though it was raining when they were there, the teachers said it was a success. The children were running around, playing and having fun.

It´s all happened so fast, this project. Mainly because it´s weather-dependent. It was literarily from one day to the next. I called my farmer-friend Birgitta one evening, the cut the gras the next day, and the very next day, we built it. It was a short time to plan, but still people came to help build the labyrinth. And on Saturday, when the rain took a break, still more people came. It´s been shared so many times on Facebook, I almost believe we´ve struck a chord.  A chord resounding of happy childhood, traditions worth taking care of, and, I believe, the importance of the farmers´ contribution to the rest of us. We really don´t appreciate the farmers enough. They do a tremendous job!

If this small piece of temporary art can raise awareness and appreciation of the farmers, I´d be very happy! I know  that it´s already made lots of children happy!


Topics: Art, Diverse, sustainable | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe (The Picnic)”

  1. gail Says:
    June 27th, 2016 at 16:34

    How lovely — I can smell the dried grass from here. 🙂