This week in Postcards from Lyon, the beautification of the space beside the French city’s two major rivers.
One of the projects is a long promenade of nature and culture along the Saône river.
Euronews’ Seamus Kearney reported: “There’s a variety of artwork along the walkway, from African masks … and unusual benches that appear to have kept growing and growing … to one of the most popular, a statue in the city centre.”
Key facts about the city of Lyon:
- It is France’s second largest metropolitan centre
- Its history goes back more than 2,000 years
- The Roman Emporer Augustus made it the capital of the Gauls
- The Rhône and Saône rivers join up in Lyon
- It is considered to be the French capital of gastronomy
The statue looks like a man saving another from drowning, but actually he is holding himself.
And the location of the work, called “The weight of Oneself”, is not by chance.
Marion Réguillon, a Lyon guide, told Postcards: “This statue symbolises civic and individual responsibility, both of which are debated in the main courthouse, which is just in front of the statue. It’s a nice connection.”
The Berlin-based artists who made the statue are Danish-born Michael Elmgreen and Norwegian-born Ingar Dragset.
Teams of designers and 13 international artists came together to make the Saône riverbank a more attractive place.
The African masks are by the Cameroon-born artist Pascale Marthine Tayou, who lives in Belgium.
The benches are the work of an Argentinian artist living in Paris, Pablo Reinoso.
For more information:
Rives de Saône
Elmgreen & Dragset
Pascale Marthine Tayou