Thursday, 28 June 2012

Waiting For Springtime

Paris iPhone Photo Chronicles
~ Waiting For Springtime ~

Waiting For Springtime, originally uploaded by Paris Set Me Free.

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Despite the wierd incrustation which resulted from my messing around with double exposures trying to make a straightforward image less so, we're in fact looking at a pretty normal fountain.

Normal for 1719, that is, when this square 'neo-classical' ediface was installed and even run commercially from 1774 to 1782 to supply precious drinking water to the thirsty populace.

We can't see any of that here though, just this marvelous Zeus-like head of a chap with what looks like a miniature drainpipe in his mouth not doing much at all. So much for free drinking water for all, eh?

Then again, it is a huge waste to have water simply, and literally, pouring down the drain, as is the case at the two-spouted wall-mounted version on the corner of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine and Rue de Charonne just up the road.

Someone's decided, no doubt unofficially, to spruce up Zeus, as it were, with a lick of almost metalic red or coppery paint, and the effects rather fetching, it has to be said. As for the spearmint gum coloured eyes, well I guess that's just a question of taste, or perhaps tastelessness, like once you've chewed it over for a few minutes, but I'll go with it.

I have an article on all this (you'd never have guessed, would you?) talking about the Petite-Halle fountain, which waffles on about pilasters and capitals, cornices and pediments, not to mention a crowning acroterion and a couple of niche-bound spigots, yes, I kid you not.

However, whereof one cannot speak (not having a clue about all that stuff), thereof one should keep one's big mouth shut, I'll leave you with this strange image of a god with a drainpipe in his gob waiting for water or why not Godot, whichever you prefer.

And why not...
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