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a picture diary from a Roman town in the south of France


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Nemausa renovated

nemausaThe wooden sculpture of Nemausa (plunging back to water – or the canal next to – where it has come from) was renovated this spring. I took pictures of it at the time, you can see them here. Now the statue, made of one large tree trunk, has been painted white, and should last again many years.

The sculpture/statue is a nice surprise along the canal leading to the Jardins de la Fontaine, many people stop by to take pictures of it – with of course a smile on their faces!

The picture was taken at the beginning of October, at the moment the trees aren’t that green anymore.


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Statue of Nemausa under renovation

nemausa under restauration

One of my favourite statues here in Nîmes is the wooden Nemausa by François Godebski (1940–1977) next to the canal of the Jardins de la Fontaine. It’s made of one tree trunk, and resembles a woman, that is the goddes Nemausa, who has plunged through the pavement and is on her way back to the water where she belongs. Well, this is how I see it, at least.

The lady Nemausa had, however, gotten in a bad condition, and now the restauration work has begun. Two men are working on the wooden structure, removing the rotten parts, filling the hollow center with cement (I guess) and otherwise doing a delicate work to get Nemausa back to her… well, not feet, but let’s say, in shape.