Glass Sculptures by Hubert Le Gall for Ruinart

French artist and scenographer Hubert Le Gall reimagines nature's rhythms in a series of glassworks inspired by the play of light in Ruinart (the world's oldest champagne house) cultivated vineyards.

Hubert pays tribute to the passage of time showing the changing seasons through his gorgeous series of 12 sculptures for the historic champagne house.

"Man and nature are at the heart of this beautiful artistic story."

January - The sky is low and heavy. The vine is covered by a soft white coat of snow that accumulates at its feet. Nature is sleeping. In the cold light, a silhouette is making the most of this peace to prune the vine, a long, painstaking task which he is enjoying despite the biting cold.

February - The pruning continues in order to make the sap rise. This sap feeds the plant: the vine is weeping. Hubert has represented its tears with blue drops that defy the winter. The snow is transformed into an icy, gleaming coat. From time to time a ray of sunlight pierces the frost, casting its bright light onto the vine.

March - Man, ever present in the vineyard, prepares the vine’s growth linking its branches and stalks. He guides it so that it will give the best of itself, preparing it to receive everything it will need for its development, in particular sun and water. Like a vessel, it is ready to receive the essence of life.

April - This work symbolizes the reassertion of life as the vine slowly emerges from winter. The buds begin to burst. A tender green color, the rising sap expands at the base of the vine. The buds swell, evoking the translucent beauty of new life.

May - The swallows have arrived and are circling happily in the sky. The days are lengthening as spring awakens and nature blossoms. The delicate shoots reveal the nascent bunches whose transparency and roundness already evoke the elegant finesse of Blanc de Blancs. The vine continues to hold itself back, however. Taking time is essential. The vineyard worker disbuds, discarding the shoots that have few or no grapes in order to retain only the very best.

June - The time for flowering and development has arrived. The vine is exploding, its growth now accelerating, and it will need to be tamed and trained by man. The sun darts its rays at each plant, sparkling on the stones that cover the ground between the rows of vines; Hubert has conveyed the silver reflections that lend the vine its iridescence. The vine converses with its surroundings.

July - The flowering gives way to the fruit set during which the flower is transformed into seeds. The vine is capped by a transparent yellow bell that envelops it like an incubator while the sun breathes life into it. The container at the base shows the extent to which the vine is opening up to receive everything it needs to nourish itself and develop.

August - The wood of the vine has completely disappeared beneath the abundance of leaves and fruit. As far as the eye can see, green waves have spread across the slopes of Champagne. The seed is reaching maturity, attaining its full size and changing colour. Man remains very attentive. He places the vine under a bell like a reliquary, observing it carefully. These final moments before the harvest are absolutely crucial. The vine needs sun and water. These drops, so essential to its growth, are represented by the transparent spheres that crown the sculpture. The luminous yellow cup represents the sun and its beneficial effects.

September - The long awaited moment has at last arrived: the harvest. Throughout the vineyard swarms of harvesters, like bees, are picking the grapes that will later become champagne. Juice flows from the fine golden bunches, already effervescent before it reaches the glass. Likewise is Hubert’s work with his choice of glass dotted with small bubbles and whose transparency evokes that of Blanc de Blancs. It is topped by bubbles that suggest the sparkling wine dancing in the glass for our delight.

October -The vine withdraws into itself, the leaves curling up and falling, revealing the wood once again. Man does not interfere. He observes the colors as they change from green to ochre.

November - The movement towards the ground accelerates. Everything is falling, absorbed by the ground. The vine will be nourished by this providential fertilizer. The vineyard worker begins to shape the vine by pruning it.

December - Time stands still. The vine is closing up like a box to hibernate. Everything darkens, losing its transparency. Each plant builds up its strength awaiting rebirth.

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