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a giant almost naked in front of the cathedral is controversial – RT in French

After Sweden, Germany and Italy, the “Salt Giant” by two Spanish sculptors stopped in Toulouse, opposite the cathedral, where this dancer, thrown back, thighs spread and almost naked, sparked complaints of residents.

An artistic controversy animates Toulouse after the installation, in front of the cathedral, of an almost naked giant of two Spanish sculptors, entitled the “Salt Giant”.

This imposing traveling statue, more than two meters high for more than three long and 650 kg, was installed on November 18 on Place Saint-Etienne. Previously, it had been exhibited in Italy, Germany and Sweden.

But « two hours later, the town hall called us to tell us that things were wrong », told AFP Edouard Guiounet, collaborator of the Alain Daudet gallery, which exhibits works by Joan Coderch and Javier Malavia, including this sculpture.

Residents had indeed protested to the town hall, saying they were bothered by this statue in front of a religious site.

The place had been chosen by the gallery for its cachet and its proximity: « Saint-Etienne is a beautiful space, touristy and suitable for photos », specifies Edouard Guiounet, adding that the gallery owners had « not imagined » that the giant could disturb local residents.

This statue, made of steel powder and polyester, inspired by a performance of buto, a Japanese dance, is a reproduction of another in bronze exhibited in Valence and around which “on August 6 a commemoration to the victims took place. the launch of the Hiroshima bomb, ”according to the gallery owner.

Direction the esplanade

The town hall assured AFP that it was planned from the outset that the Giant would be transferred from the Place Saint-Etienne to another site, the François-Mitterrand esplanade, « a place of passage, neutral », argues the elected in charge of the file, Jonnhy Dunal, explaining that the sculpture was installed in front of the cathedral, « the time that the esplanade is available ».

Coderch and Malavia’s agent, Juan Rodrigo, told AFP that the artists were « very happy with the opportunity offered by the Toulouse city hall to share a message of peace, although some people do not ‘have not understood’.

On the Place Saint-Etienne, a 57-year-old man, who requests anonymity, considers « the work interesting », « more attractive than a Christmas tree » and deplores the displacement of the statue « which went well on the street. square ».

The “Salt Giant” will be present in Toulouse at least until the end of the year, in parallel with an exhibition of other sculptures by Spanish artists which is to be inaugurated on the evening of November 25 at the Alain Daudet gallery.

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