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Vincent Du Bois

  • L’atelier Cal’AS
  • Stone sculptor
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Master Artisan
Vincent Du Bois Stone sculptor
Contact
French, English, Spanish, German
Hours:
Monday to Friday 07:30 - 18:30
Phone:
+41 227934004
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Reuniting thinking and making

  • • Combining tradition and innovation forms the basis of Vincent's work
  • • He teaches stone carving apprentices in Morges
  • • His work features in several galleries and public spaces

Based in Geneva, Vincent Du Bois is the fourth generation in Switzerland to carry on the family tradition of stone carving, which has been part of the Italian branch of his family for generations. He learned the skill of stone carving in a very traditional way, beginning with an apprenticeship in the family workshop. After completing a professional qualification, he went to Carrara, Italy, to work with the region’s white marble, before continuing his studies in the US. He later returned to Switzerland to open his own workshop on the site of the old family business. In 2018 he was commissioned by the International Olympic Committee to realise a sculpture of its founder Pierre de Coubertin for the new Olympic House.

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Works

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Portal of the Maison des Paons (Geneva)

The House of the Peacocks is one of the few examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Geneva. Vincent’s work involved restoration and renovation of the decorations on three façades of the building, as well as the two monumental entrances carved with motifs of peacocks sculpted in the round.

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Vegetal element from the pediment of the exterior west frieze of the Chapel of the Maccabees

Vincent restored the sculpture of a middle-aged woman on the façade of the 13th-century St Peter’s Cathedral in Geneva. The sculpture was carved from a red sandstone that has not been used since the end of the 19th century, molasse rouge du Petit-Lac. This plant motif is a segment of the reworked piece, using stone from the temporarily reopened quarry in Geneva’s botanical gardens.

Height 80 cm
Length 50 cm
Width 50 cm

Vincent Du Bois Stone sculptor
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God’s Hand

This impressive sculpture revisits the Creation, bringing the religious theme into the digital age. The marble hand and plinth have been pixilated, as if contaminated by a digital bug. The glitch makes the sculpture appear lighter, dematerialised, raising questions about the absence or presence of space captured in the stone.

Height 270 cm
Length 120 cm
Width 120 cm

Vincent Du Bois Stone sculptor
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Don’t Be Evil (bas relief QR code)

QR codes personify the technological abstraction that overwhelms our daily lives. By using algorithms to create them, we have invented a language that’s impossible to learn. However, their aesthetic presence is invasive but not questioned. Vincent transforms them into sculptures.

Height 35 cm
Length 35 cm

Vincent Du Bois Stone sculptor
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Global Warming (ed. StonetouCH)

This marble sculpture is one of six from Vincent’s Miniland series produced by StonetouCH and presented at Art Basel Miami 2010. The concept behind the piece, which embodies a desire for sustainability, is that of the Doppia Firma project, namely to enhance the collaboration between a creator, artist or designer, and a sculptor who was entrusted with its production.

Height 40 cm
Length 40 cm

Vincent Du Bois Stone sculptor

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