The Île Penotte district of Sables-d’Olonne: 25 years later, Dan Arnaud-Aubin passes the baton

The Île Penotte district of Sables-d’Olonne: 25 years later, Dan Arnaud-Aubin passes the baton

Dan Arnaud-Aubin will continue to work on his works in the Ile Penotte district as much as possible. ©Journal des Sables Archives

Le Journal des Sables: You recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Île Penotte district with members of the Friends of Île Penotte association and several relatives. Why was this private meeting important to you?

Danièle Arnaud-Aubin: 25 years is something to celebrate! And this may be the last time I throw a little party to celebrate works made in the neighborhood. I’m getting to the end of what can be done. There are still two or three adjustments here and there. But overall, I can’t go beyond what I’ve already done for the neighborhood. Now it depends on the maintenance of the cannons.

More specifically, will you continue to maintain all your works yourself?

I will continue to maintain the work as long as possible. But there will be a little handover. I became friends with Jérôme Villeneuve. He is a former NIL employee who is now self-employed. Once he came to clean the work with other colleagues. They fired Karcher, I was scared (laughs). But I quickly saw that he was different, that he had an appetite for works, that he was very interested in my work. He is probably the one who will take over the maintenance of my productions when I can no longer take care of them.

Maintenance of Ile Penotte artworks should continue.
Maintenance of Ile Penotte artworks should continue. ©Journal des Sables

Is it time to hand over, including the association of friends of Île Penotte?

I don’t know if that’s the right term. On the other hand, I know that I can no longer work in peace and that it is difficult for me to live. As soon as I mount my ladder on the wall, about thirty people riot around it. Over the years and the media surrounding me, I have become a victim of my own success. In the summer, if I want to have a break from work, I have to start at 6:30 and finish at 10:00. It is no longer possible for me. The association has around forty members. I’m still the president. But who will take over next? I don’t know to be honest.

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