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Pyramide de líHistoire de Lyon

Pyramide of the History of Lyon

Jean Ipoustéguy
1982

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Description

For the History Pyramid Ipoustéguy has chosen for the theme of Lyon's memory, and more precisely for the elements of the folklore of the city. The momument is shaped more or less as a pyramid with a crenellated edges. In these crenellations are nestled small sculpted scenes of the popular figures of Lyon: the Celtic god Lug at the summit; Gargamelle in tribute to Rabelais; mother Cottivet; the puppet theater Guignol; jeu de boule players; the 'three rivers of Lyon' in the form of vine shoots: the Rhône, Saône and Beaujolais; Saint Blandine; the revolt of the canuts; the appeal of June 18, 1940 with the cross of Lorraine and a bouquet of flowers; The Divine Bottle of Rabelais. As a final nod, a loom is also placed inside the pyramid.
The sculptor claims to have 'forged the reliefs of the pyramid as a satirical and humorous comic strip'.

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lug
Lugh, Celtic god (Wikipedia).
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gargamelle
character from The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel (1532-53) by François Rabelais (Wikipedia).
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mere cotivet
Mother Cottivet, one of the marionets in the Guignol puppet theater
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Guignol puppet theater (Wikipedia)
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jeu de boule players
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the three (!) rivers of Lyon (Rhône, Saône and 'Beaujolais') as vine shoots
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st blandine
Saint Blandina, martyr who died at Lyon, 177 AD (Wikipedia).
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les canuts
the Canut Revolt of 1831, 1834 and 1848 (canuts are Lyonnais silk workers) (Wikipedia).
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the appeal of 18 June 1940, famous speech by Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French Forces, in 1940 (Wikipedia).
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The Divine Bottle of Rabelais (?)
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a loom

Inscription(s)

Sur cette place Louis pradel les sculptures et les edifices de bronze ont ete executes par
BLANCHET et Cie; CUFFINI JANSEM, MAZUYER, fondeurs
CINQUINO; métallier     VARIPA, modeleur mécanicien
COPPENS; WHITTIER; artistes
et conçus par IPOUSTEGUY; sculpteur en 1981-1982

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Blandina, St.
  • Gargamelle
  • History Sculpture
  • Ipoustéguy, Jean
  • Loom
  • Lugh
  • Puppet theater
  • Rabelais, François
  • Rhône (personification)
  • Saône (personification)
  • Silk worker
  • Weaver
  • Location (N 45°46'5" - E 4°50'14")

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