Walking home on a cold winters evening. The mix of pollution and fog made everything look nice and soft.
- DateTime: 2011:01:01 18:22:52
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Here, in the middle of this square formed by trees is found, standing alone, a somewhat disturbing statue, as well it was intended to be. In its simplicity it makes a powerful impression. It is a bronze statue and fountain of a headless woman who is holding her decapitated head in her own hands. Water issues from her severed neck and flows down her body.
It is the creation of the Belgian sculpture Nicolas Alquin. It was placed here on December 3, 1998, and is dedicated to the memory of the victims of terrorism.
The statue was commissioned by the group S.O.S. Attentats (in English, ”Attentats” means Attacks, or Assaults). This French association was created for victims of terrorism by victims of terrorism. The S.O.S. Attentats sponsor epidemiological studies of the health risks posed by terrorist attacks. For further information on this association their website address, which can be viewed in English, is: http://www.sos-attentats.org
The courtyard of Victory owes its name to the lead statue created in 1807 by Simon Boizot (1743-1809) for the Châtelet fountain. The statue represents a winged Victory with upraised arms holding laurel wreaths made of bronze. The statue here is a copy of the original.