HD photographs of Le Massacre d'Athena sculpture on Pont des Arts - Page 784

We took these high definition photos showing a contemporary art statue called Le Massacre d'Athena, which was sculpted by Daniel Hourde, that was part of the Passerelle Enchantee exhibition on the Pont des Arts in Paris.

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Le Massacre d'Athena statue by Daniel Hourde
This first HD photo shows a silver coloured statue called Le Massacre d'Athena, which was produced back in 2007, and translated into English, this is called The Massacre of Athena, and is part of a temporary exhibition called La Passerelle Enchantee.
Mask with golden horns on Le Massacre d'Athena statue
You will find that this contemporary art statue was sculpted by Daniel Hourde and was based upon the mythical Greek Goddess of Arts, literature, wisdom and courage with intelligence in war, and the Goddess Athena is often portrayed with a mask, as you can see in this close up photograph.
Front of Le Massacre d'Athena statue by Daniel Hourde
But here you can see the entire statue of Le Massacre d'Athena, which was sculpted in bronze and coloured silver, yet with golden coloured horns on the mask, and you will find that much of the work by this artist portrays distorted, unusual or grotesque figures, rather than pure forms, like you would often see Athena portrayed.
Le Massacre d'Athena statue on Pont des Arts Paris
Now we mentioned earlier that this statue is part of an exhibition called La Passerelle Enchantee, which in English translates to The Enchanted Footbridge, and this is a temporary installation on the Pont des Arts, which is a pedestrian bridge that spans the River Seine from the Musee du Louvre to the Institut de France.
LHS Le Massacre d'Athena statue Pont des Arts
For several years the Pont des Arts was referred to as the Bridge of Love, and people used to place padlocks, known as love locks onto the railings, but these have been replaced with plexiglass, providing better views, as you can see here, yet the City of Paris also wanted to still keep people fascinated and enjoying this historical bridge.
Enchanted Footbridge exhibition Le Massacre d'Athena statue
So the idea of placing temporary art works on the bridge, to bring it back to its roots when it was named after the Louvre Museum was once called the Palais des Arts, and Daniel Hourde also relates back to the Pont des Arts and the original ideas of the architects for it to be a suspended garden for intrigue and promenading.
Information plaque Le Massacre d'Athena statue
Therefore, as you can see from this close up photo showing the tourist information plaque, on this particular platform there is the statue called The Massacre of Athena, but two others called Abre I and Arbre IV, which is Tree 1 and Tree 4 in English, and these three plus several other sculptures in The Enchanted Footbridge exhibition were produced by Daniel Hourde.

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