At the entrance to Place Rude off Rue de la Liberté is a work of contemporary art. It is by internationally acclaimed artist, Gloria Friedmann (born 1980 in Kronach, Germany), who lives in Aignay-le-Duc in Burgundy, and in Paris. It is a large sculpture of a tree with a human face, popularly known as Le Visage de la Liberté, but actually called Semper Virens (“always living” in Latin).
This anthropomorphic tree—a human face composed of leaves and branches— was inaugurated in May 2013. It seems at first strange in this setting, but is immediately familiar, as it reminds us of topiary art with shrubs and bushes shaped into forms (often animals) in the gardens of the wealthy, especially in days gone by. The artist wants the viewer to think about the importance of having a balance between Man and Nature.
This sculpture doesn’t dominate the lovely Place Rude, but it sure is eye-catching and visitors stop to gaze and ponder.
(This completes my posts on Place Rude and Francois Rude)