Friday, March 8, 2013


More accolades for the Ecole d'Art Mural de Versailles. Another public utility box planted on city sidewalks has been transformed into an urban landmark in trompe l'œil, à l'Arcimboldo. This one is in the Montreuil neighborhood, formerly a village that bordered Versailles. Gieuseppe Arcimboldo, undeniably a forefather of surrealism,  was a 16th-century Italian mannerist. 

France's national school of horticulture, founded in 1874, has for its digs a choice plot of ground: le Potager du Roi, i.e., the nine-hectare (about 22 acres) King's Vegetable Garden on the domain of the Château de Versailles. 

un trottoir:  a sidewalk
un potager:  a vegetable or kitchen garden
un hectare:  a measure equivalent to about two-and-one-half acres

©2013 P.B. Lecron

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