Hubert Privé, sculptor and visual artist, finds inspiration on the fairways. Although he started golfing quite late, he developped a profound passion for this activity, as expressed through his artworks which are exhibited worldwide. Mauritius features among his favourite golf destinations and he fell in love with the island several years ago. In this interview during his latest visit, the artist shares his fondness for the country and for golf, and discusses his future plans.
What does Mauritius represent for you?
Mauritius is a place a I was dreaming of about fifteen years ago and as a golf enthusiast, it is a fabulous destination as well as for water sports, scuba diving, sailing… an ideal choice for the whole family! I fell in love with the island about ten years ago when I was creating the trophies for the professional competitions played at Anahita, including the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open (ABMO). It is my favourite place and I always talk about Mauritius as a dream destination that everyone should know!
Do you have upcoming projects in the island?
Tell us more about your artistic work. Where do you find inspiration?
I don’t look for it! I’m lucky that it comes to me naturally. The more I play, the more I live my passion for golf, the more I feel inspired. Many things happen during a game: the comments, the attitudes, the equipment. I am lucky enough to find inspiration without looking for it…
Your giant tees made you famous, but you also have other artworks. Can you tell us more about them?
Indeed, there are not only the giant tees. I am currently working on my 5th book and in the four previous ones, I talk about 200 different golf-themed creations. There are the famous sculptures that I call the ‘’Gravitations’’, which represent spheres made of welded golf clubs’ heads. I was lucky that this artwork was recently recognised at Drouot, which allowed me to be listed and to reach art lovers who are not necessarily golfers.
It doesn’t change much, but it’s a question of durability as it is set in stone. It creates a reference for my children, for the artworks’ value, for buyers and art lovers.
You started playing golf late and it is now part of your artistic and daily life. Can you tell us about it?
You travelled the world. How is Mauritius different as a country and a golf destination?
What will be your next big artwork you will release? We remember that magnificent Arc de Triomphe at the French Open. Do you have an artwork as imposing in mind?
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