The Hillaire Chamber

The surfaces of its weathered walls are sometimes so soft that they become perfect for drawing on

Grotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Geological details of Hillaire Rooms (Chauvet Caves) (2008/2008) by L. Guichard/Perazio/smergcGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Roughly circular and about 40 m (131 ft) in diameter, this chamber is marked by a collapsed area in its center. About 10 m (33 ft) wide and about 4 m (13 ft) deep, this outlet is dated to a period before human presence. With the many recesses and pendants that shape the vaulted ceilings, the height can reach 17 m (56 ft).

Engraved Horse of Hillaire Room (2008/2008) by L. Guichard/Perazio/smergcGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

The surfaces of its weathered walls are sometimes so soft that they become perfect for drawing on.

Many imprints were made with fingers or a tool such as the etched horse panel...

Engraved owl (2018-07-31/2018-07-31) by L. Guichard/Perazio/smergcGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

...or an etched owl whose head is turned 180° from the rest of its body and whose wings are clearly visible. The graphic intention here was to create the cave as a stage, but we cannot know its true meaning.

This bird, the only one in the whole cave, is located on a pendant that overwhelms visitors, reminding them that the cave is a product of human visualization and artistic design.

Horse Fresco (2018-08-02/2018-08-02) by L. Guichard/Perazio/SmergcGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

There is a fresco visible when entering the Hillaire Chamber. The eye-catching whiteness of the scraped wall where the black drawings of the emblematic Panel of the Horses stand out.

Three panels make up this approximately 15 m (49 ft) long Paleolithic triptych: the Panel of the Horses on the left, in the center the Alcove of the Big Cats articulated around a small, still active very small resurgence and, on the right, the Reindeer Panel (not visible in the picture).

Feline Fresco (Chauvet Cave, Ardèche) (2008/2008) by L. Guichard/Perazio/smergcGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Syndicat mixte de l'Espace de restitution de la grotte Chauvet (Public Union to manage the Chauvet Cave/SMERGC) thanks the Ministry of Culture and Communication. This exhibition was created as part of an agreement linking these two partners to promote the Chauvet Cave and its geographical and historical context.
SMERGC is the designer, developer and owner of the La Grotte Chauvet 2 site (formerly known as Caverne du Pont d'Arc). It prepared and defended the application package of the Chauvet Cave for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

http://lacavernedupontdarc.org/
https://www.facebook.com/lagrottechauvet2/

SMERGC also thanks Google Arts & Culture.

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