On December 26th, 1999, a terrible storm swept France, its cities, its parks and its forests. The park of the "Chateau de Versailles was not saved, 10 000 trees, among which 200 giants in the historic past are broken or eradicated: mythical trees as the pine Laricio, the cedar of the Atlas or the tulip tree of Virginia were shot down.
An auction of 25 stumps and sections is organized in October, 2000.
Erik Schaix, Parisian couturier and designer , is a part of buyers when the most beautiful historic chunks of wood, rare or precious, are sold within one hour by auction. He has the idea to confide them to 20 artists particularly considered French sculptors who are going to make them live again.
The collection was presented for the first time in 2004 in the Park of Versailles in the presence of the Minister of the Culture, and begins henceforth a tour of France of prestigious places, before continuing by a world tour.
" Carved, chiselled, sometimes painted, the trees of Versailles, bruised and torn by a violent storm, resuscitate thanks to the talent of the artists gathered around Erik Schaix today.
The Sculptures of Storm, presented in the Orangery of Trianon, live again finally, the time of an exhibition, in this park which saw them growing.
Their presence in this place so symbolic, in the place where the murderous winds burst out, eases the sorrow of the gardeners who watched for a long time the well-being of these plant monuments, fragile sentinels, over witnesses of three centuries of history. "
Chief groundskeeper Domain of Trianon and the Park of Chateau de Versailles