Writing 101 suggests using a quote for today’s prompts. Who more sensible to quote than Salvador Dali?
“Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health.
However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: “Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?” Salvador Dali
More and more these days I seemed to find the world surreal.
The photo is of the Stravinsky Fountain which can be found on the Place Stravinsky between the Centre Pomidou and the ancient church of Saint-Merri.
The sculptures of Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle are supposed to be inspired by the works of Stravinsky but I wonder what Stravinsky would have thought of these bizzare objects plonked in a shallow basin of murky water.
According to that repository of all knowledge, Wikipedia, the sculptures in the fountain represent:
- L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird)
- La Clef de Sol (the Musical Key of G)
- La Spirale (The Spiral)
- L’Elephant (The Elephant)
- Le Renard (The Fox)
- Le Serpent (The Serpent)
- La Grenouille (The Frog)
- La Diagonale (The Diagonal)
- La Mort (Death)
- La Sirène (The Mermaid)
- Le Rossignol (The Nightingale)
- L’Amour (Love)
- La Vie (Life)
- Le Cœur (The Heart)
- Le Chapeau de Clown (The Clown’s Hat)
- Ragtime (Ragtime)
I can’t say I could match the sculptures to these names. Because it is constructed over rooms below the street, the fountain was designed to be as light as possible, with very shallow water, a bottom of stainless steel, and sculptures composed of plastics and other light materials. It now has a mildewed look.
As you can probably tell, I am not a fan of this weird remnant of 1980’s design ethic. This whole area is one of few uncomfortable areas of central Paris, the modern grating with the ancient and a feel of shabbiness and loitering crowds. Saint-Merri must once have been a beautiful church but seems to be one of the few churches that has been left to go to ruin.
Thankfully beauty is just a block away and we fled to it.