Paris is a city known for its many public gardens. One of my favourite sculptures sits in the Carousel gardens, Terrace du Jeu de Palme, of Paris’ most royal garden known as Les Jardins des Tuileries. It’s a little-known feature but worth seeking out. And there’s some real hide-n-seek fun to be had while trying to find its whereabouts, which is mainly because during the summer months an abundance of tree foliage literally means ‘you can’t see it for the trees’.
I first saw it during a walk; it being at the tail end of Summer, the tree species of oak, ash and lime had begun shedding their verdant costumes. But it still took me a fair bit of hide-‘n-seeking out – even the garden wardens weren’t clued-up on the whereabouts of this sculpture. Very, very hidden it seems! So the trees being slightly nude, I spotted the signature colours of Dubuffet’s work – primary reds and blues and sharp black outlines.
There it was, a hunk of a white concrete sculpted into something of a female figure and called Le Bel Costumé (pronounced Bal). To discover Le Bel Costumé for yourself, enter the Les Jardins des Tuileries via the entrance Place de la Concorde. Then take the left-side winding pathway up to the platform, keeping an watch-out for the flecks of primary blues and reds through the abundant wall of foliage.