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Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Nose Knows

Another reader submitted this unusual photo, taken in Paris, France about 4 years ago. The photo was taken by the Medici Fountain located in the Jardin de Luxembourgh (the Luxembourgh Gardens) in Paris. During the time this photo was taken there was an unsual art exhibit taking place in the park, and "the nose" was part of it. Tres French! Ah-Choo!

Some facts about the Jardin du Luxembourgh: The Medici Fountain was built in 1630 by Marie de' Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France and regent of King Louis XIII of France. Designed by Tomasso Francini, a Florentine fountain maker and hydraulic engineer who was brought from Florence to France by King Henry IV, it was in the form of a grotto, a popular feature during the Italian Renaissance period. It fell into ruins during the 18th century. In 1811, at the command of Napoleon Bonaparte, the fountain was restored by Jean Chalgrin, the architect of the Arc de Triomphe. The fountain was moved to its present location in 1864. The long basin of water was built, and the sculptures of the giant Polyphemus, surprising the lovers Acis and Galatea, by French classical sculpture Auguste Ottin, were added to the grotto.

Merci beaucoup, Carole!

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