Thursday, August 12, 2010

Caen - Castle ...

... map of Caen Castle ...
... view on "Porte des Champs" ...
... 2) the keep (circa 1120) and its chemise (13th century)
3) the Exchequer Hall (circa 1120) in distance ...
... 6) the "Porte des Champs" gate and draw bridge
(13th - early 16th century) ...
... 16) the castle moat (11th - 13th century) ...
... 17) the Simples garden ...
... is set on the spot where the Governor's garden

formerly stood. Here we find a panel of plants 
known as simples, nowadays often treated as 
"weeds". During the Middle Ages, on the contrary,
 the virtues of these plants medicinal made 

them  the key ingredients of culinary or
medicinal preparations ...
source: infoboard

 ... 13) the Logis des Gouverneurs /
the Governor's Lodge (14th-17th century)
in distance ...
... 11) the Artillery Terrace - Rampart Rooms
(16th - 21st century) ...
... view from the Ramparts on 
Church of Saint-Pierre (13th-16th century)
and Quatrans House facade (15th century)

rue de Geôle / Jail Street ...
... 10) St George's Church - (12th-late 15th century)
18) the Sculpture Park  ...
... was created in Caen Castle in 2007, enabling 

sculpture to play its proper role as an outdoor art, 
with the castle a tremendous setting to extend
the Musée des Beaux Arts visit ... 

source: infoboard
... Grand Guerrier / Warrior without legs (1894-1900)
by Émile Antoine Bourdelle
... violent and expressive, this bronze is a study for 

the Monument to the Combatants and Defenders 
of Tarn-et-Garonne ...
source: Musée Bourdelle
...14) Musée des Beaux Arts/Museum of Fine Arts
of Caen and Ramparts ...
"One Man, Nine Animals." (1999)
by Huang Yongping
Chinese contemporary art
... this spectacular set of ten elements is set 

in the shelter of the castle wall.
The chimerical beasts making it up like a procession 

symbolize the ill omens that disturb the traveller
guided by a cart ...
source: infoboard
... detail of a fantastical beast ...
5) the Queen Matilda Tower (13th-15th century)

... "One Man, Nine Animals."
Atop each column, as if poised in mid-stride, are 

perched the nine imaginary beasts of the Shanhaijing
from The Book of Mountains and Seas
which is devoted to Chinese mythology.
Coming from distant lands each of these species
deliver a different prediction of the fate of the world ...
... Facing this procession of fantastical beasts 
on the ground is a lone character pointing 
in amazement at the forthcoming stampede.
The One Man, as denoted in the piece's title,
stands atop an idle Compass Chariot, the 

traditional Chinese tool for measuring 
time and direction.
This lone figure, presumably the artist himself,
heroically confronts the convoluted situation
of culture at the end of the 20th century.

Huang's piece performs as a metaphoric conduit.
The hybrid beasts connote a homogenizing global
 culture whereas the broken Compass Chariot
signifies the end of the millennium, 

void of any discernible ideology.
The contradictory omens that each of these
fantastical beasts are said to deliver is but a 

subtext to the mythic sense of chaos created by 
the haunting scale of the columns themselves ...
... South Wall of the Castle, a huge fortress 
in the centre of the city. View from 
the 'Allée du Chat Qui Veille' ...
... map of Caen Castle in 1585 ...
source: infoboard

Château de Caen / Caen Castle ... (EN)
... The castle was constructed on a hillock and is now in
the middle of the city.  With an area of 5.5 hectares,
it is one of the largest castles in Western Europe.
It remained an essential feature of 

Norman strategy and policy ...