SAUBRAZ, Switzerland, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Swiss artist Francois Monthoux’s annual project to build clay sculptures on the banks of Switzerland’s Toleure River has expanded into a captivating castle complex this year as the drought that afflicts Europe allows him to expand his dream world.

Monthoux started this year’s project with modest ambitions six weeks ago, but drought has allowed him to build an entire city of spires.

Now he has mixed feelings: he wants it to rain, but he’s sad that his dream world will disappear when it rains.

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“I imagine the lives of people walking under the arches, under the bridge, looking at the monuments, looking at the city,” said Monthoux, who works with clay from the dry bed of the Toleure river in the canton of Vaud in western Switzerland. . .

“So I enter a bubble, and I become a dreamer… I see their world being created under my fingers,” he added.

Monthoux, a nature lover, says he is sad to see the plants die around him and “it would be a disaster” if a persistent drought allowed him to continue the project for years. At the same time, he knew from the start that it was temporary.

“Of course I’m a bit sad, because I’m sad that the shape I gave the case is going away,” he said.

Visitors to the sculpture enjoy it while it lasts.

“I have no words to say what I feel, because it’s… it’s just sublime,” said Heidi Butty, a resident of Vaud.

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Report by Denis Balibouse and Cécile Mantovani; Written by Paul Carrel; Editing by Alison Williams

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