Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Felix Roulin's wall


This sculpture was made by Felix Roulin, a Belgian artist, in 1979 and guess what? I discovered it for the first time last Saturday, while I was taking photos of the Nuit Blanche. It's superb and really impressive; the artist made bronze sculptures and hid them behind a bright white stone wall to make them look that they were trapped. It's off the rue Quincampoix (near the Beaubourg center), if you have the chance to go there, don't miss it.

34 comments:

  1. Oh Eric, you are right when you say superb. Thank you for letting us know where this can be seen. Super photo!
    -Kim

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  2. I'm claustrophobic, so it's a bit much for me!

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  3. Oh, wow, that is superb! Well done!! I've never seen this either, but then again, it isn't possible to see everything in Paris, is it.

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  4. What an incredible sculpture!

    I don't suppose anyone happens to be up and online right now? I'm on my own tongith and VERY bored. Good conversation, anyone? Erm, ok, well maybe just conversation...

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  5. Excellent as usual. It really looks like they are trying to escape through the wall. Thanks, Eric!

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  6. Um...
    really an artistic sculpture!!
    ...Jing

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  7. It reminds me a little of Edgar Allan Poe's story, "The Cask of Amontillado." Hope I spelled that right.

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  8. interesting sculpture....i wonder if the exposed breasts were considered risque back then? I guess not if it was considered legitimate art....

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  9. Superbe sculpture et tres surprenante.
    Je sens que Samedi, je vais faire un detour par la rue Quincampoix

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  10. Just added this to our "to-see" list for our trip to Paris coming up next week!

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  11. That's incredible.
    Since years, i often walk all along the very nice and old "rue Quincampoix" but i never noticed that.

    Eric, could you please tell us in what part of the street it is?

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  12. Great find. That is a very creative sculpture.

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  13. Nahal: i wonder if the exposed breasts were considered risque back then?

    I doubt it. Statues with exposed breasts have been around for centuries already and they are all over the place in Paris. (Men are fairly exposed, too).

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  14. I first thought it was made of chocolate…

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  15. great find , I should look more closer to out walls here too. There might be some surprises hidden.

    enjoy the resat of the week!

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  16. Oh wow....thanks to Eric here is just one more street to find while we are there at the end of the month. I now have an official list: Eric's Paris Quest 2006! I will stroll and view as many of Eric's pictures as I can...probably with a Starbucks in hand (now that I know they have invaded Paris too!)

    GG: I thought it was chocolate at first glance too! Ummm...errr...kinda makes you want to take a nibble on a finger, huh?

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  17. I can't wait to see this sculpture. It is so well executed. Now that is what I call an implant! Great find, Eric. I added it to my must see list like so many others who frequent this blog.

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  18. Gypsy : You mean "chocolate nibbles" ? Sorry, I couldn't resist nibbling at the bait !

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  19. I can't tell by the comments if anybody clicked on the link in Eric's post to see the entire wall, but it's quite impressive. I love seeing these things hidden away in Paris to discover every day.

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  20. Haxo : now I know why we've never seen this wall. It stands in the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles (http://www.cwb.fr/) and not directly on the street. Another good reason to discover what 's going on at our Outre-Quiévrain's cousins'.

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  21. Come on guys! Doesn't anyone hear that poooooor hand calling out, "If oooooooooonly I could reach to the right!" LOL! ;-) Of COURSE I'll be around Eric...can't get rid of me THAT easy! Thanks for the sweet comment! (=

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  22. very emotive sculpture indeed...Thanks for sharing!:D

    http://singapourdailyphoto.blogspot.com/

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  23. Mmm, chocolate. Mais...le doigt? Non.

    I was not aware of this sculpture, Haxo and Michael. Since you live there, I don't feel so bad, having only visited three times. This sculpture is on my list for next time. I did click the link and it is fabulous. Merci encore, Eric.

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  24. Michael,
    I just went to the other picture of the entire wall. That is awesome. Thanks, Eric.

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  25. Ame, I had the same reaction. The person with the hand could care less about getting out, but wants to grab what's next door!

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  26. Hi everyone. Amazing eh? So for those of you who want to see it, it's 10 meters before the rue de Venise. where GG said (thank you GG!)

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  28. Excellent. And, of course, another in the long list of sites discovered thru your blog that need to be visited when I'm next in Paris!

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  29. Thank you Eric and gg.
    I see where the rue de Venise is.
    It hasn't really changed through the ages.

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