Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Paris and I ~ 'Let Sleeping Frogs Lie'

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~ Let Sleeping Frogs Lie ~

Let Sleeping Frogs Lie, originally uploaded by Paris Set Me Free.

Exactly 150 years ago, someone decided that this was to be the timeless memorial to their life and works. And feet. But, in retrospect, this truly has to be one of the strangest monuments in Paris.

i have to admit i went through a battery of possible adjectives such as weird, bizarre, disturbing, unsettling, morbid, dubious and perturbing before I finally settled on 'strange' but the others have many merits.

One of the problems i have with this sepulture's sculpture is that these big chubby toes are right at eye-level, right in your face, and i don't think i'd want someone staring straight at my fat feet whilst trying to have some quality reflective time alone with the memory of me. Unless, of course, he was some sort of foot-fetishist and that's exactly what he wanted to be remembered for.

Another thing which is a bit worrying too is that if you follow the upright panel with the date on heavenwards, you get to another little hole, out of which is peering... a head.

Maybe it's just me, but it does rather conjure up a sort of kinky cut-away coffin designed to titillate some fetid necrophiliac's fancy. Either that or some crazy-eyed magician is about to jump out from behind the tomb waving a saw and chop the whole thing in half but we'll still see the head nodding and the toes wiggling merrily.

Be that as it may, it's a photographer's dream, and what's more it's just about five seconds from where i first saw my own creepy Paris tomb which threw me for a bit, but now I'm quite pleased to have my personal official resting place in the city of my muse.

Anyway, I'll shut up now and let sleeping frogs lie, even if they are standing up. RIP.


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