There are a few replicas of the Statue of Liberty that are found across Paris: Île aux Cygnes, Luxembourg Garden, Orsay Museum… These are easy to spot and in plain sight. But there is another Statue of Liberty hidden in Paris. Only a few people know of the existence of a very small replica which is part of a much larger statue by César in the 6th arrondissement.
Statue of Liberty hidden in Paris? Where to find it?
Le Centaure is a 5 metre tall statue in bronze created by French sculptor César (1921-1998). Taking centre stage on the Carrefour de la Croix-Rouge (or Place Michel-Debré) in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, it represents a centaur. This mythological creature consists of a upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse. The head of the sculpture is a self-portrait of César.
Only a few people know about the existence of very small replica of the Statue of Liberty hidden in plain sight on the chest of the statue. About the size of an adult’s hand, the tiny Statue of Liberty is visible from the front of the centaur.
There is another replica of the Statue of Liberty in the 6th arrondissement: the statue is in plain sight in the Luxembourg Garden.
About French sculptor César
César was born in Marseille as César Baldaccini (1921–1998). He is a noted French sculptor of the Nouveau Réalisme movement. Some of his most famous works include compacted automobiles, discarded metal, or rubbish and fantastic representations of animals and insects.
How to get there
- Location of the statue Le Centaure (link opens a google map): http://goo.gl/maps/gQwc3CGuavx
- Closest métro stations: Saint-Sulpice (line 4) and Sèvres-Babylone (lines 10, 12).
- Leave a comment below if you know where to find other replicas of Lady Liberty in Paris!