Welcome
to l’Atelier
des Fac-similés
du Périgord

Through photography an immersion at the heart of our workshops.

Discover the expertise of our designers, artists, craftsmen and technicians.

Francis Ringenbach

He has the overview of the project and the different stages. His has two main missions:

Rationalizing the production process to achieve our goals in terms of lead time and budget.

Managing and coordinating the technical and artistic teams.

Metalworkers

They produce every metal structure we need during the production process of a facsimile.

They also build and adapt the structures for the final panel.

Metalworkers

To have an extreme precision, the structure construction is based on computer aided-design.

Painters
and sculptural artists

After being prepared, a panel arrives in our painting and patina workshop to get pigment coloration. It reproduces every detail and every mineral observed on the cave wall.

Painters
and sculptural artists

Then they use a 3D model of the cave to copy every original aspect of the wall. The digital scan is precisely projected on the panel. The team also uses a photo-report and many observations of the original cave.

These tools contribute to reach a better efficiency. The copy is regularly controlled by a committee of expert curators and scientists.

Painters
and sculptural artists

The copyist must adapt its techniques to suit the specific support: “We need different tools such as sponges, brushes to make the patina and transform the paint in mineral substance. We use more than paint with natural pigments, for example we add calcite, crushed stones”.

Painters
and sculptural artists

They all come from diverse backgrounds: fine arts, applied arts, decor painting, art restoration and conservation of heritage, archeology, architecture.

Painters
and sculptural artists

“The main difficulty is to reproduce the exact color shade. We all coordinate our colors to get a perfect cohesion.”

Resin technicians

These technicians spread elastomer on the matrice to take an impression of the cave. They’ll do casting mould and a resin shell where the stone veil will be applied to reproduce the wall.

Resin technicians

“We use the elastomer print to create the final mould in resin. We do 3 different layers: print, reinforcement, finishing stage. It’s a very precise job and we need to be patient and conscientious.”

3D engineering

This team assists the production manager to coordinate the technicians work.

Thanks to the digital model of the cave and and computer aided-design expertise, the cave reproduction is created with precision.

He works from the digital clone of the cave walls and draws the construction plans for the final installation on site.

L’atelier des Fac-Similés du Périgord is based on a team of professionals with multiple skills
22 painters
and sculptors,
7 metal and resin
technicians,
1 administrative and
projects managers.