Deep in the urban heart of the Paris suburbs – or banlieues – 30 hectares of land were exploited for over a century for the extraction of gypsum.
The quarry was abandoned in 1965, and a perimeter fence now blocks public access for fear of subsidence.
Nature has slowly regained its rights, and the old stone mine has become a wild wood,’ he says. ‘In September work will begin to create a leisure centre, complete with climbing wall, solarium and pony club.
The site and its history question our relationship with nature.’