This fresco by Jean-Pierre Demierre welcomes pilgrims as they arrive on the hill. Today’s walkers follow in the footsteps of their mediaeval predecessors. While their equipment and clothes may be different, they share the pilgrim’s staff, the scallop shell and above all, the same direction.
The artist has accentuated the slope by featuring people of different heights. The alleyway offers little room to step back, hence the simplicity and light. Mineral pigments ensure the work will remain stable for a long time.
The painter was assisted by his daughter Déborah Demierre, another artist, and a young friend, Victorine Chobaz. The fresco was commissioned by the building’s owners (friends of the painter) and has enhanced the street since 2020.
Light fascinates the artist. He seeks it out in nature and particularly on the pilgrimage routes dedicated to St James, which he has been walking for over 30 years. The same quest can be found in his glass works. Many of his stained glass windows and glass slabs can be found in the region, where he also lives.
The fresco is located at the back of the Boulangerie Dubey Grandjean SA.