From 27 to 29 July 2018, the Vallée des Saints will celebrate its 10th anniversary by inaugurating its 100th monumental sculpture, that of Saint Piran.
For this occasion, it has come up with a special event, the “Giants’ Crossing”: each year, a Breton saint will be sculpted in one of the Celtic countries and will cross the English Channel aboard an old sailing ship. These crossings will be a symbolic reminder of the monks’ journey from the UK to France, where they set out to sea to make landfall in Armorica in NW France.
For its first edition, the Vallée des Saints has selected Cornwall in the UK, where the sculpture depicting Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall, will be made.
Saint Piran will set sail from Falmouth aboard the Nébuleuse bound for the Breton port of Paimpol.
The monumental statue will make its way up the Trieux Estuary aboard the Nébuleuse bound for Pontrieux.
Saint Piran will board the Trieuxc steam train and travel from Pontrieux to the station at Guingamp.
aboard the train again, it will head to the town of Callac where it will be unloaded.
Saint Piran will enjoy a 57-day trip into Central Brittany, installed on a trailer created especially for the occasion, sometimes towed by tractor, sometimes by horses. In so doing, Saint Piran will participate in numerous popular events: Tour de France in Mûr-de-Bretagne, Bretagne Motoclassic in Plouay, Vieilles Charrues music festival in Carhaix…
This trip will round off with a three-day festival including a giant fest-noz (a festive Breton gathering with dancing), ago at blessing and a nocturnal extravaganza…
The inauguration of the statue at the Vallée des Saints in Carnoët, in the presence of the Gorsedd druids of Cornwall. The “Giants’ Crossing” has also created strong links with Cornwall in the UK, as much on a cultural as an economic level, with the reciprocal exchange of local products, raising awareness about shared heritage. Indeed, the Cornish and Breton language are very similar and both populations have something else in common too: the granite, with which the Vallée des Saints is making the most dazzling promotions.