Welcome to the world of Sabine Rethore.
Cozily tucked in on an obscure
pedestrian street in the Algerian quarter of Marseilles is the studio
where Sabine Rethore works. It was a warm Sunday morning in May when
we drove through the countryside of southeastern France from our hotel in
Arles to the city of Marseilles to meet Sabine and see her work in person
for the first time.
Sabine Rethore greeted us (along with
her friend and fellow artist, David, who was very helpful with
translating) at the entrance of her studio, a space that has been
beautifully converted from an ancient stable and blacksmith shop. We
stepped into the gallery space and into her world, gazing in wonder at the
large spheres on display. At once fantasy and reality converge.
Mounted on colorful cradle stands sit models of the earth that cause one
to ponder and question previous assumptions.
Sabine's globes give artistic license
to what we usually think of as scientifically secure fact. She
applies different premises to her globes, and creates them accordingly.
In her "Tribute to Sao Tom", for example, she places the tiny island of
Sao Tom (off the coast of Gabon, often lost in the equatorial seam of
globes) at the "top" of the world. This single "adjustment" creates
a new vision of the world that causes one to smile and understand.
1-World Globes is proud to present
the sculpture of Sabine Rethore. Custom globes can be arranged,
starting price generally $4,500. Please e-mail inquiries to:
"Tribute to Sao Tom"
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