Notwithstanding the solid appearance of the centuries-old brick buildings and walled rose gardens everywhere you look, houses in France somehow feel quite temporary and uncertain. Despite their solid-as-brick appearance, these buildings are ghostly, even though many have been rebuilt and repainted since the last war in 1945. Many of these red brick houses are still chipped like old china plates, from shrapnel and bullets. Like an invisible fog, a foreboding air hovers when driving around Normandy and other World War I/II battle sites. These days, small bucolic villages and flat grassy pastures are populated with grazing sheep and sleepy cows, beside thousands of white concrete headstones, arranged row on row. Long-digested atrocities, ancient Abbeys hold secret graveyards where POWs were executed and quietly hidden under the old tree in the garden. Old WWI trenches are a common sight, snaking out across farmers’ fields as long grassy zig-zag mounds. And each spring, long twisted lines of chalk push up to the surface through the ploughed soil as remnants of old buried trenches remind us of the millions of Allied and German faces who were casualties in these bloody wars to end all wars.
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- Shelley. School’s in.
- Heath on Labour Day
- Kristen, Old Home Week in PEI
- Destroying symbols of evil, and praying for peace & tolerance…public art as flashpoint
- What to do with a prize-winning cow on stilts that gives no milk?!
- Sandi on a rainy Sunday
- Sarah in July
- Wayne..whoa it’s hot outside
- mid-summer Shelley
- Waterfall glaze #1
- locations of Henry Moore works worldwide
- works by Antoni Tapies
- works by Banksy (UK graffiti artist)
- works by Christo Javacheff & Jeanne-Claude (environmental artists)
- works by Eduardo Chillida
- works by Frank Gehry (Barcelona fish)
- works by Henry Moore
- works by Joan Miro
- works by Picasso
- works by Richard Serra
- works by Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant and Obama Progress)
- works by Yaakov Agam