SCULPTURES … SCULPTURES … A SUMMER DELIGHT FOR PARIS VISITORS …

    Say ‘Paris’ to folks and they think …  Think what? Garlicky snails: oh how horrible? The Can-Can: rather vulgar? The Eiffel Tower: oh how wonderful? And then there are those who think: paintings … sculptures … For paintings there are the museums of the Louvre, Orsay, Montmartre etc etc etc. For sculptures, there […]

 

A Christien Lapie sculpture in Caillebotte Park (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

A Christian Lapie sculpture in Caillebotte Park (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

 

Say ‘Paris’ to folks and they think …  Think what? Garlicky snails: oh how horrible? The Can-Can: rather vulgar? The Eiffel Tower: oh how wonderful?

And then there are those who think: paintings … sculptures …

For paintings there are the museums of the Louvre, Orsay, Montmartre etc etc etc.

For sculptures, there are also all Paris’s museums.

And then, also for sculptures, each summer there is the Caillebotte Park in the town of Yerres, 23 kilometres (14 miles) south-east of Paris.

Yerres - someone had washed down the square (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

Yerres – someone had washed down the square (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

And there is Nancy Island (Île Nancy) on the Seine facing the small town of Andrésy, 25 kilometres (miles) north-west of Paris.

Andresy from Nancy Island (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Andresy from Nancy Island (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

A visit to the sculpture exhibitions, held in both, is sheer delight!

Caillebotte Park, in Yerre, forms part of the estate of the Caillebotte family of whom Gustave Caillebotte, the impressionist painter, was a member. It was here that generation after generation of Caillebottes lived.  So too of course Gustave.

One of the sculptures of the Caillebotte Exhibition (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

One of the sculptures of the Caillebotte Exhibition (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

The ‘Biennale de sculpture’  is an annual event: it is this year of 2016 in its fourth year. Having opened on Saturday, April 9, it runs through to Sunday, July 10.

There are 33 sculptures to be seen, some indoors, the rest in the park.

Another of the sculptures in the Caillebotte Park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Another of the sculptures in the Caillebotte Park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Entrance to the park is free, but if you also want to see those sculptures which are indoors, you will have to buy a ticket and it will cost you €5 ((£4 / $6). Considering what a ticket to a Paris museum comes to these days – not less than €11, believe me, Caillebotte is a bargain.

A sculpture of body parts in the indoor section of the Caillebotte Park exhibition (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

A sculpture of body parts in the indoor section of the Caillebotte Park exhibition (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

A visit to the park is in itself a great outing. Therefore, if you are reading this when the sculpture exhibition has already ended, just walking around the park will not disappoint you.  The town of Yerres being on the river Yerres, the river flows alongside the property, and on the weekend until this August, one can hire a boat or a canoe for a sail down the river. Or up the river!

A boat for 4 people maximum for half-an-hour will cost €5 (£4 / $6), and €9 (£7 / $12) for an hour. A canoe for 3 people maximum for half-an-hour will cost €4 (£3 / $5) and €7 (£5 / $9) for an hour.

Caillebotte Park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Caillebotte Park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The RER D train will get you to Yerres in 20 minutes from any Paris métro station, for example Châtelet-les-Halles.  I suggest you buy the 24-hr Mobilis ticket. The ticket is sold by zone (1-2; 1-3; 1-4 and 1-5) and Yerres is in Zone 4. The ticket will therefore cost you €11.20.

There is a café in the park and a quite expensive restaurant too. The café is open when the park is – daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. – but the restaurant, which is independent from the property, and therefore have not only a tourist clientele but is also visited by locals, are open every day, but Monday, for both lunch and dinner. Do note that the museum is closed on Mondays.

Caillebotte Park is but a short walk from the station and there is no possibility of getting lost because boards direct visitors to it.

Yerres: All about art! (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Yerres: All about art! Sculptures by Cyrille Andre (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

I wrote about Yerres, the 2015 Biennale de Sculpture, and Gustave Caillebotte here

Nancy Island (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

Nancy Island (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

Nancy Island (Île Nancy) and Andrésy are different from Yerres and the Caillebotte property and its park, but oh … it is as wonderful!

To get to Nancy Island, and to Andrésy, one again takes an RER train. This time it is the RER A3, and you can again take it from the Châtelet-les-Halles station in central Paris. One has to go to the station of Conflans-Fin-d’Oise – Conflans, End of the Oise – and this station falls in Zone 5 of the day Mobilis transport ticket. It will cost you €16.60. It is but a short ride.

From Conflans-Fin-d’Oise it is a short walk to Andrésy, or you can take a bus which will set off from outside the station. However, the walk is delightful as it is all along the Oise and then along the Seine so you would not even know that you are walking.

The sign in Conflans-Fin-d'Oise to Andresy. (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

The sign in Conflans-Fin-d’Oise to Andresy. (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

Andresy sign June 26 2016

Ditto

(It is here at Conflans-Fin-d’Oise where the River Oise flows into the 777-kilometres River Seine.

A small  boat, the ’embarcadere’, will take you across the Seine to Nancy Island. The passage across will be one of about two minutes, and believe me, it will be so pleasant, you would wish it to be much much longer.

The jetty for the free boat to the island (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The jetty for the free boat to the island (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The boat is free and there is also no charge for the island and its sculpture exhibition – Sculptures en L’Île. This year is its 19th edition.

Having opened this year of 2016 on Friday, May 20, it will run through to Sunday, September 25.

Not only is the boat ride and the island and its exhibition free, but so is the catalogue in which there is a map of the island, the map marking the spot where each sculpture is.

One of the island's masterpieces (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

One of the island’s masterpieces (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Another (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Another (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The island is 3 kilometers long (miles) and just 100 metres () wide at some places, and 300 metres () at other areas.

Following the map, one can walk for a couple of hours, admiring each sculpture. They are most original. Some may even say that some are simplistic, but each takes one’s breath away.

And another (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

And another (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

I particularly like the way these empty plastic bottles have been put to artistic use. I’ve already seen the such bottles in the garden of Dr. Gachet, who had treated Vincent van Gogh in the town of Auvers-sur-Oise.  On seeing those on exhibit in Dr.Gacheht’s garden  (the summer of 2015, in other words last summer) I had decided that I was going to do the same with the empty bottles of water I chuck out. I did not however get down to it, but this summer I will!)

Dr Gachet's garden (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Dr Gachet’s garden in Auvers-sur-Oise (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Empty plastic bottle sculptures. (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Empty plastic bottle sculptures. (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

 

And simply 'a message in a bottle' (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

And simply ‘a message in a bottle’ (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The town of Andrésy in itself is fantastic to walk through, and to stop for a drink or a snack. The townhall, a really attractive building, is on the bank of the Seine: I always think that those who work there are most fortunate having such a splendid view.

For returning to Conflans-Fin-d’Oise there are buses from Mondays to Saturdays. But you would not want to take a bus: you would want to prolong your visit by walking back to the station in Conflans-Fin-Oise.

It is quite in order to feed the swans and ducks – they will come to beg for bread – so if you have any in your hotel room, do take it along. The locals all also feed the swans and ducks.

Enjoy your visits to both these sculpture exhibitions. I have been going to both, and I am going to return before this year’s exhibitions end.  I now want to sculpt: I already write and paint, and now I want to sculpt. Who knows maybe in the future some of my creations will be on view at either. And why not both. I can dream can’t I.

No, he does not bite. Sculpture by Gilles Maron, on display in Andresy itself. (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

No, he does not bite. Sculpture by Gilles Maron, on display in Andresy itself. (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

 

Nancy Ile June 19 2016 sculpture umbrellas

Another of the island’s sculptures.

Above is a good idea what to do with old umbrellas. It is by Sui Lin Leung.

And below: some refreshment!  No, both glasses were not mine!

What I had the island's kiosk. (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

What I had the island’s kiosk. (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

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