Ahead of the arrival of the Tour de France in our region, on 10 July 2022, Chaplin’s World, together with neighbouring towns and villages, has commissioned artist Franck Bonneau for the creation, at Manoir de Ban, of a monumental piece of land art that, seen from the sky, represents The Tramp in Chaplin’s The Kid. Throughout the summer season, visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the work by taking a path around the contours of his face. A fresh and environmentally-friendly discovery!
The 108,000-square feet piece of land art currently being created in the gardens of the Manoir de Ban, the former home of Charlie Chaplin in Switzerland, is in the topographic implementation phase. The entire image requires some 800 wooden stakes and close to 10,000 linear feet of string.
The second phase involves creating contours with grass clippings of different heights, to obtain colour variations and contrast.
Franck Bonneau’s rendition of the Tramp is an eco-friendly creation, which will be seen by spectators from 190 countries as the Tour de France passes through this area of Switzerland.
On 10 July 2022, the Tour de France will complete an impressive 120-mile loop, beginning in Aigle, Switzerland, and finishing in Châtel, Les Portes du Soleil, France.
At kilometre 33.5 of this intense racing day, the peloton will pass by Chaplin’s World, in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, where Chaplin spent the last 25 years of his life.
An opportunity for Chaplin’s Tramp to say hello to the world!
Born in Paris in 1971, Franck Bonneau created his first graphic designs in 1999.
He has practised monumental land-art for over twenty years now, creating eco-friendly ephemeral designs in meadows and other natural sites.
While his land art is ephemeral, he likes to think that his unusual works, like temporal geoglyphs, will remain etched in the minds of generations to come.
Chaplin’s World’s land-art, in the gardens of Manoir de Ban, can only be seen from 130 feet upwards.
Throughout the summer season, visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the work by taking a path around the contours of his face.
A fresh and environmentally-friendly discovery!