Saturday, 27 August 2011

Defiling Fursemberg

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~ Defiling Furstemberg ~

Defiling Fursemberg, originally uploaded by Paris Set Me Free.

BONUS: For Street Photography Fans!

As a Paris street photographer, I consider that, visually speaking, mine is not to wonder why, mine is just to dev and dye.

It's sometimes difficult to put my cognitive faculties on pause as I wander the streets of this particular city, however, which was accused a while back of becoming a sort of 'living museum', its avant-garde reputation suffering greatly in comparison to the so-called new artistic meccas of New York, London, Berlin and the rest.

Which is poppycock if you ask me, and not only is there a plethora of exhibitions to enjoy, far more than it is possible to go to, by the way, but I am forever coming across the strangest expressions of, erm, creativity I suppose you could wish to find in a living and breathing artistically inspiring city.

You may or may not have heard of the Rue du Furstemberg and its charming little square nestled away in the 6th arrondissement, just a stone's throw from the bustling Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.

Well for the last 18 years or so it's been relatively calm and sleepy, all the times I've passed through it in any case. This is no longer so. Because slap-bang in the middle of the trees wondering if it's time to shed a few leaves stand... two what can only be described as sculptures, involving skeletons, sinews, and what can only be referred to as 'penii'. Oh yes.

Now while Delacroix's work can't exactly be labelled genteel, with his empassioned themes of violence and revolt, his museum itself, tucked away in a corner of the square, is a peaceful place indeed. What he would have made of these moderm pieces is anyone's guess, but be that as it may, here they are and here they be. The piece above is by sculptor Daniel Hourdé, is called 'Colin Maillard', and is part of an arty open-air effort in the streets of the district at the moment, as if it needed it, you might say. Very impressive.

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