28 March 2017

The Little Chapel, Les Vauxbelets, St Lawrence, Guernsey

In 1914 Brother Déodat, inspired by the shrine in Lourdes, began constructing a small chapel in Les Vauxbelets, St Lawrence, Guernsey. What are now on view are the surviving elements of his third attempt, begun in 1923 and completed a few years later. The materials are pieces of china, pebbles, etc, which are normally associated with outsider art. In 2015 the site was closed because of possible damage due to collapse, and scaffolding has now saved the structure from complete collapse. The restoration continues, and although most of the exterior is at present unseeable, the highly impressive interior can still be viewed. I let the images below speak for themselves.

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