I was scouting for canicule (heatwave) -related photo opportunities the other day and had in mind checking on fountain parks hoping to capture scenes of water frolickers and my first stop was, of course, the most visited garden in Paris – the Jardin des Tuileries .
I say, “most visited” because everyone going to the Louvre or the Place de la Concorde would most likely stumble upon this beautiful park and as soon as a sculpture or a part of the floral garden comes into view, he will no doubt get carried away to explore further.
This is one of the two large basins of the Tuileries. The building on the right is the Louvre. Noticeably absent are the remote-controlled boats which can be rented. It’s not surprising as most Parisians are still on their summer holidays. Same with the ferris wheel operator, as it was being disassembled when I was walking past it.
The garden can be accessed from the Place de la Concorde, seen here by the towering Egyptian obelisk. In the background are the Champs Elysées, Arc du Triomphe and some skylines because the Tuileries is part of a grand central axis leading from the Louvre all the way to La Défense, the city’s business district.
And this is the Louvre and one of the three glass pyramids
Here, everyone can grab a chair and sit back by the grand octagonal pond and enjoy the fountains, the gardens views and sculptures. Classical, modern and even weird sculptures. I love the former. It’s like walking through an open-air classical museum.
Le Centaur Nessus enlevant D?janire (The centaur Nessus carrying off Dejanire)
by Laurent Honoré Marqueste
Marble, 1892, installed in the Tuileries in 1894.
Thesée combattant le minotaure (Theseus fighting the Minotaur)
Ramey Etienne Jules, 1796 – 1852
marble 1821 – 1827
Installed in the Tuileries in 1832
Le Tibre (The Tiber river)
marble 1688 – 1690
by Bourdict, Pierre, 1684 – 1711
Installed in the Tuileries in 1719
The Tiber is a Roman sculpture representing the river, and the original work is in the Louvre.
If you are lucky, you can see a lost goat eating on the grass, although I honestly think they intentionally put old Billy there to keep the grass short. It saves on lawnmower diesel and manhours, at the same time it keeps Billy happy.
The Jardin des Tuileries is Paris’ largest and oldest garden and a showcase of classical gardening.
One must visit the garden every change of season. The floral displays are simply staggering!
God’s own origami creation – the Dahlia
Cassandre se met sous la protection de Pallas (Cassandra seeking the protection of Pallas)
by Millet, Aimé (1819 – 1891)
Installed in the Tuileris in 1897
Naked Cassandra, with only a cloth over her thigh, stands next to a square pedestal that has a small statue above it- presumably representing Pallas.
Legend goes that she gained the gift of foresight, but after she spurned Apollo’s love, he placed a curse on her that would cause no one to believe her predictions.
Le bon Samaritain (The Good Samaritan)
Sicard, François 1862 – 1934
Installed in the Tuileries in 1905
There is something for all ages in the Tuileries…
I went scouting for fountain frolickers in the Tuileries but this was all I’ve got… oh well, I’m off to the next park!