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Chauvet-Pont d'Arc Cave: first elements unveiled

A few parts of the replica of the Chauvet Cave were presented to the press Wednesday, December 17, 2014. On the site, located in Vallon-Pont d'Arc (Ardeche), officials and project managers have guided visitors through site, and unveiled one of the iconic elements of the replica: the “Lion Panel”.

The project aims to restore some of the original cave, discovered in 1994. The Freyssinet teams have been working there since September 2013.

The end of this extraordinary construction is scheduled for March 2015, with an opening to the public in late April 2015.

The Chauvet cave

Located in the south of the Ardèche region, near Pont d'Arc, the decorated cave of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (known as the Chauvet cave) was discovered in 1994. A UNESCO world heritage site, the prehistoric cave has three characteristics that are rarely found together: age, quality of preservation and profusion.

The replica

The Caverne du Pont-d'Arc is a tourism-oriented cultural project located in the town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc. The aim of the project is to make everyone aware of the existing paleolithic heritage and, obviously, the exceptional art of the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc cave. The social impact of the project will be to extend the current tourist season and therefore sustain economic activity.

Freyssinet's mission

Teams from Freyssinet France's South-Eastern and South-Western offices have been working on the Caverne du Pont-d'Arc site since September 2013. Lot 16 of this exceptional project has been entrusted to a consortium made up of Socra (lead contractor), Freyssinet France, Campenon Bernard Régions and Cofex Régions.
The lot consists of reproducing a 3D model of the cave in a 3,000 m2 space and then spraying and sculpting landscaping mortar onto the structure. The consortium is responsible for the following works:
- Structural design,
- Building the metal structure to recreate the space inside the Chauvet cave,
- Creating profiles fixed to the structure,
- Spraying landscaping mortar onto the structure,
- Sculpting and glazing the mortar so that the initial drawings can be reproduced,
- Constructing the technical walkway,
- Constructing the visitor walkway.

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