Saturday, 10 December 2016 21:26

Appeal launched as Andy Parkin's Chamonix studio is destroyed by fire

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An appeal for help has been launched following the complete destruction of the Moulin des artistes in Chamonix.


Andy is famous for supplying Kendal Mountain Festival with unique sculptures made from metal recovered from the local glaciers for their annual awards along with a series of iconic paintings of the alps.

KMF15 Awards


The "Moulin des artistes" is a site of historical interest in Chamonix ; formerly the grain mill and saw mill serving the residents of the village of Les Praz. It is believed to have been built in the 16th century. In the early 1990s, the mill and its buildings were converted into an artistic workshop by the sculptor Philippe Vouillamoz and Andy Parkin, famous English artist-mountaineer.

Since then, the "Moulin" has become a well known place in Chamonix. In 2010 Peter Steltzner and his partner Anati Graetz arrived and started the production of wooden skis. In just a few years, the "Rabbit On The Roof" ski brand has become a point of reference for passionate skiers, artists and lovers of hand made equipment. The Moulin has hosted Exhibitions, meetings, readings and charity evenings for Nepal, for the project of Vanessa Francois "El cap à bout de bras" and many other community projects too numerous to name. This place had a great heart and a beautiful soul, let us help to keep this spirit going!

In a spirit of solidarity, the community of Chamonix and the Boutch a Boutch association has organised an event to raise support this Friday the 16th December. The funds raised will support the artists affected by the disaster; Peter Steltzner (founder of the ski wooden brand "Rabbit On The Roof"), Anati Graetz (artist-painter) and Andy Parkin (sculptor and painter). Not only has the fire destroyed their works of art - their tools, personal possessions and place of living have also disappeared overnight.

Andy Parkin with awards


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