Friday, May 04, 2007

Got deodorant?


Not very far from where I took this photo along the "Coulée verte" (12th arrondissement), I came across this fantastic piece of architecture. These caryatids supporting the building near the Viaduc des Arts are really enormous and so different from the rest of Paris’ buildings. I’m guessing it is from the 30’s by the style, but know nothing about the building. Please do tell if you have more information!
PS: I am currently on vacation so I cannot reply to your comments. I'll read them when I return, on May 7.

34 comments:

  1. he he s'funny Eric! Beautifully done aren't they. Imagine the model - oh those aching arms! groan.

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  2. Interesting! I think we saw this building. Doctor, I have a headache right here and a booboo right there. So do my two brothers? Sisters? lol
    The building has more of these across the front, right? Two more weeks and we are off to Grenoble. I am already packed. Wheeeeee!

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  3. A booboo, Johnny? No no, that was YESTERDAY'S post!

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  4. What a cool building! Imagine though, if you're the person who lives at the place with the plants on the ledge. All day, everyday, they get to look out their window into an armpit!

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  5. It's a police station! Can you believe that?

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  6. As a matter of fact, two old guys were sharing a bottle of wine on the "Coulèe verte" when I stopped to take a picture of this building probably from the same place you took this one, and I asked them about it. The first guy said it was a library. Then the second guy said, "No, he's kidding. It's a police station." And then the first guy said, "Well, for us, it's a library also." And we all had a good laugh. But that's what it is--a police station.

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  7. Interesting picture Eric. Just don't understand the significance of the statues, but maybe that does not matter.

    Lynn boobooin the U.S. is kids' talk for a scratch or small cut etc.

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  9. Dear Eric,

    The guys are replicas of Michelangelo's Dying Slave.

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  10. Eric how cool is it, you're away enjoying Turkey and we still get to see your photos. Thanks for that, again I have to say, you're the best!
    (it's been a while since I last said that so it's ok)

    Where in Turkey are you, Istambul? Have you had a simit with a glass of tea? Oh what a wonderful vacation this must be!

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  11. Katie K, that's right! now that you mentioned it the building looks even more interesting. It is a perfect replica of Michelangelo 's Dying Slave

    Thanks for the info.

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  12. Katie K thank you for the information.

    Monica Thank you for the link

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  13. I wonder why these each have a very large gash in the chest next to the hand, as different to Michelangelo's Dying Slave statue.

    Maybe it is because the police in the police station need to get to the heart of the matter.

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  14. See what you have done to me Lynn. After your 'Men's Balls' photo on CDP with the Vortex ball, I now examine all these great photos in detail...

    ... and loving it. Keep the photos coming.

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  15. Wow!! Awesome photo Eric!! I used to stay in a friend's apartment in the 12eme and yet I cannot remember this building...hmmm, I obviously wasn't walking on the right street. Have been very busy and rushing home at night to catch the debates on TV5..Sego vs Sarko! This is going to be an interesting weekend!

    tomate, tomate, wherever you are...did you get my email?? We need to plan for the PDP "Grand Tour" of Sannn Fwannsisko...prepare yourself Eric!! LOL!!

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  16. Interesting shot. I have yet to take a walk on that famous "coulee verte" (as seen in Before Sunset -or is it the other one, Before Sunrise? I forget?)

    (KPG, I got your email, I'll try to call you or write you back tomorrow. Not much time to play with email or otherwise during the week, but Saturday, if you guys want to get together towards the end of the day, that's OK with me.)

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  17. It is indeed a police station, as a matter of fact I live near it. The photo makes the thing look nice but truly, the rest of the building is really ugly and surrounded by people in uniforms, which makes it look even more gay.

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  18. http://parispassion.canalblog.com/archives/12eme_arrdt/p10-0.html
    cf article n° 5 (non daté)

    une carte postale à celle ou à celui qui parvient à trouver:
    - le nom de l'architecte;
    - la date de construction du bâtiment!

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  19. A police station, imagine! How strange. Something for the prisoners to contemplate while they are awaiting questioning. Perhaps a calming effect.

    Clo thanks for that, interesting. A booboo in the Uk means to make a mistake, said with some humour really e.g. "oops, made a bit of a booboo there didn't I!"

    Rob: he he yes we all took a closer look at those men's balls, didn't we! Does indeed show there are plums to be found if only we look closer in the undergrowth. LOL.

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  20. Eric when your feet once again touch the ground, i've posted a journal extract on my Things UK blog from when i had my 13th birthday in PARIS ! I know i've mentioned it to you before...ARE you one of those French boys? he he. Have a read through; you might recognise your naughty self!

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  21. Hi, I just found your blog today and I'm so glad i did! Now I'll get to know Paris a little :)

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  22. As Eric is on hols, Mone, I shall take it upon myself to formally and friendly welcome you to Paris DP! It's a great place with fantastic shots as you see, informative copy and a whole host of new friends in our community. Enjoy!

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  23. I too love the 'promenade plantée' as they call it, and it's amazing how things change when you get above or below them instead of just at eye level for a change. The picture you refer to looking down on the sunbathers in the charming Jardin de Reuilly is a great example - you can see some interesting sights sometimes!

    And I've often seen these amazing statues but never had my camera with me (Bad Photographer..) I've also always been intrigued by the hole through their bodies, which is much more obvious from the back. One theory is that it is to reduce weight, but it wouldn't reduce it by much and must be an aesthetic touch - any ideas, anyone?

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  24. Michael on a borrowed PCMay 4, 2007 at 4:06:00 PM GMT+2

    At a friend's using her PC so wanted to just check in quickly. I'm so glad to know what this building is. I've seen it many times, but never knew. Now that I know it is a police station, it has kind of lost its charm.

    Speaking of charm...Eric's in Turkey then off to San Francisco. Sounds like he leads a charmed life doesn't it! Lucky you!

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  25. Hey hey Michael! We've MISSED you! Pining, dreaming, wondering where you are, our special friend who threatens to feed us to the alligators. We don't care, we just want you back.

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  26. Lynn, booboo means both a small cut, bump, etc AND a little mistake in the US! Can't wwait to get an insite into teenage Lynn. I suspect you were very similar to teenage soosha_q!

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  27. Well it was all very innocent, Soosh and little girly really! lol.

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  28. They are indeed replicas of one of Michaelangelo's Dying Slaves sculptures: the original and another are in the Louvre, two of my favorite works there. When you find them, there is an exquisite sculpture by another Italian, whose name I can't recall, of a reclining nude. Really pretty piece. Anyway, the Accademia Dell'Galleria in Florence, where the original David by Micaelangelo is displayed, has four unfinished slave sculptures, others in the series he was creating but didn't complete. The two in the Louvre, being finished, are wonderful. (But no, they haven't the curious triangular gash.)

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  29. wow great photo! something not everyone would notice

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  30. This is the strongest memory I had while walking the viaduct. It is as dramatic in person as this picture.
    Am in CDG right now and if I had to guess who would win the election tomorrow, I would guess "Sarko" as there seems to be more detrimential graffiti surrounding Royal's pictures around town than his. We will see. Bought you a present, Monica!

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  31. I took very same picture on the 15 of april 2007! Everyone should discover the 'Coulée verte '!

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  32. PHX-CDG!!!! You know how curious I am!!! Ans I can't believe how sweet you are!
    But shouldn't you be the one getting a present, I mean, your birthday is today (may 5th), right?
    Sooooo, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

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