Thursday, 19 August 2010

Paris and I ~ 'Young, Loved & Beautiful'

iPhone Photo Chronicles
~ Young, Loved & Beautiful ~

Probably the most incongruous and perhaps the most poignantly celebratory of all Parisian graves must be this giant mosaic cat hiding amongst the sombre grey tombstones in the Montparnasse Cemetary.

Labelled simply 'Ricardo', it's by sculptor Niki de Saint-Phalle for her assistant and collaborator, and is accompanied by a little plaque which says 'Pour notre grand ami mort trop tôt, jeune, aimé et beau' (For our great friend [who] died too soon; young, beloved and beautiful'.

Seeing such a moving and unconventional monument triggered two thoughts in my head. The first was 'Isn't Paris great that you can find something so amazing in such an unexpected place?'

And the second was 'Maybe i should get started on my own monument [something to do with squares or cubes, no doubt] before it's too late'.

Walks around graveyards tend to get you thinking in strange ways, don't you find?

(A Paris iPhone street photograph by Sab Will for the 'Paris and I' photo blog)

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