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Fame and the Moon

Fame and the Moon

Pont Alexandre III

On a gloomy night, the “Fame of War” holds a rearing Pegasus, as she brandishes her sword at a menacing moon on this bridge commemorating Tsar Alexandre III, whose 1894 treaty between Russia and France dragged France into World War I and started the Russian Revolution. An idealised evocation of human frailties and violent compulsions.

The Pont Alexandre III bridge has 4 magnificent columns anchoring it at each corner and topped by four “Fames”. On a cloudy night, the “Fame of War” holds a rearing Pegasus, as she brandishes her sword at a menacing moon. What omen is this? The bridge, built in 1901, commemorates the Russian emperor who was Tsar Nicholas’ father and whose 1894 treaty between Russia and France dragged France into World War I, started the Russian Revolution, and tragically resulted in Nicolas’ execution. A gloomy, premonitory image.

Shown Exhibition « Paris d’Esperance » France, 2013
Shown Exhibition « Unity » USA, 2013