Holly Williams for Art-Sheep
Something very big may be inspired by something very small and in the case of Ferdinand Cheval, this is exactly how it all happened. The French postman, after finding a strange pebble one day in his mail route, got the idea of creating a beautiful building out of peculiar stones and pebbles collected on this daily route to deliver post. Although, not formally trained as an architect, nor having received any kind of art education, the man has spent 33 years, from 1879 to 1912, building his spectacular palace in Hauterives, by connecting the unique rocks that he found with cement in a truly impressive construction.
Cheval’s life’s work Palais Ideal, a symbol of what an individual’s dedication, vision and creativity is capable of achieving, is today visited by a multitude of people from around the world and also functions as a setting for a variety of exhibitions.