Statue by Nathalie Decoster, Saint Paul de Vence. Dec 2016
This week’s challenge is “fun”. In fact I missed the past two ones as I was busy replenishing my photo album collection while touring the Pacific Northwest with the Wife. A few months ago we went with some friends in the Alps and we came across some very weird statues. The gentleman who creates them is a farmer and a sculptor. He sculpts them with a chain-saw, hence the funny eyes.
Most funny though was my friend Yves posing with one of these statues. I can’t tell which one of those two is the weirdest.
In May as we were in Cannes, I spotted that boat and then realised the this was a floating ice-cream van, I found it rather funny.
Lastly, an old picture of a lemur from Madagascar and their funny eyes.
They are funny but sometimes you can feel how sad they are even though they still look funny.
In Marly Le Roi, West of Paris one can find the park of the former weekend residence of Louis XIV. There is unfortunately nothing left from the chateau itself. In that park are 4 weird statues named “the four runners of Marly”, which were designed by famous 18th century sculptors amongst whom the Coustou brothers. Those statues are also shown in the Louvre.
There is this new trend in Paris whereby Wallace fountains are painted all kinds of colours (above, Poterne des Peupliers in a yet to be inaugurated new housing development – use Streetview to get back in time). Sir Richard must be turning in his grave. Below is a very apt red version in Chinatown.
The tropical garden in Vincennes is a mixed bag of left over pavilions from the late 19th century international exhibitions, greenhouses, and office buildings dedicated to the study and preparation of tropical plants. It is also packed with interesting statuary, in various states of conservation. Above, Theseus is holding the Gorgon’s head … who is kind of chewing a leaf by the way.
A stern statue representing Europe in a group depicting all continents.
A graceful, but unfortunately beheaded, oriental statue. The whole park is in a bit of a sorry state, which makes for interesting photography (colourised black and white in that particular case).
**[Feb 26, 2014] as to the gift being possibly self-centred, I wish to point my readers to Amanda’s note in the comments section, which emphasises that this is not true. At a moment when the great friendship between the American and French people is once more hailed, we’ll take this opportunity to rejoice over the end of the “Freedom fries” era and other drivel.