Outdoor exhibitions are decidedly very popular at the moment. Very close to our hotels, the Jardin des Plantes has two on offer at the moment – Fragile Colossi by Michel Bassompierre and The Art of Science: the Savoir-faire of the Muséum, both of which are free.
Over the course of 50 years, Michel Bassompierre has perfected his style of deliciously round animals as huge sculptures. His bears and gorillas exude tranquility, but also a certain fragility that speaks to us. You can feel the sculptor’s deep respect and tenderness for these beasts.
Five of Bassompierre’s works are currently on show in the Jardin des Plantes – a brown bear, a polar bear, a western gorilla and two others to make us think about the possible extinction of these animals and the disappearance of their natural habitats. Best seen up close, with the sun on your back 😜
The photos in the exhibition The Art of Science pay homage to the staff and researchers of France’s Natural History Museum (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle), women and men dedicated to the discovery and understanding of the natural world around us.
These scientists are skilled at their job and often also have an artistic side, with meticulous attention to detail and a savoir-faire for helping nature that is as beautiful as it is fragile.
The photos, displayed on the railings of the Jardin des Plantes, remind us of the extent to which science and art can intersect, and how the care of these artist-scientists help protect some of the most beautiful creatures on earth.