Giffre Contemporary Art Trail

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From the old town of Taninges to the wilderness on the banks of the Giffre, via the Chartreuse de Mélan... A family-friendly walking tour of contemporary art in public spaces.


From the centre of Taninges along the Giffre, this itinerary offers three different perspectives of contemporary art in public spaces:
- “Urban art” in the village.
- The contemporary sculptures in the grounds of the Chartreuse de Mélan (13th century)
- The Art and Nature Trail presents some artworks along the way, creations of ""land art"" and tools to discover local wildlife.

Why has contemporary art been integrated into these public spaces?
Contemporary art is used to describe current art techniques which, especially since the 70s, have changed the way art is expressed, focusing on research and innovation, with a direct link to our modern times. The public space is becoming more and more popular for this type of artistic expression. This trail along the Giffre is particularly unique in that three different forms of art can be seen in succession along the same itinerary.
Contemporary art can sometimes be misunderstood, but it deserves to be appreciated, as long as it is accompanied with the necessary explanations so that everyone can discover and understand it more easily.
With that in mind, walkers on this itinerary will be able to read about each artwork, to be able to fully appreciate them.


Animaux acceptés : Oui

Animaux acceptés avec supplément : Non


  • Car park


  • Pets welcome


Free access.

Période d'ouverture

All year round.

Subject to favorable weather.

Ouverture complémentaire

  • Subject to favorable weather

Prestations visites groupées

  • Unguided group tours available permanently

Prestations visites individuelles

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently

Type de clientèle

  • Walkers/hikers
  • Level green – easy


  • Guidebook with maps/step-by-step : In front of the Church and the Tourist Office, the “Urban Lighthouse” is where this Giffre Contemporary Art Trail begins.
    1/ The itinerary then leads to the Chartreuse de Mélan to explore the contemporary sculptures in the grounds.
    2/ Cross through the grounds and take the small road on the right that leads to the Giffre and the Art and Nature Trail. This trail runs alongside the Giffre, through the woods and up to the Lac des Vernays.
    3/ You can cross over a walkway onto the left banks of the Giffre and then choose which side you’d like to walk on, to the villages of Verchaix and Morillon.


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Tourist Office Taninges Praz-de-Lys
Office de tourisme
74440 Taninges
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