Reminders of things past
I’ve noticed the arrows along one-block-long rue Ernest Cresson before but only recently stopped to actually look at them and contemplate their purpose. Presumably, the arrows marked underground conduits for water or gas or something else. But whatever the arrows marked seems to have lost its importance and the external manifestations of whatever is or was underground have been removed. Go this way, go that way, go straight, start here, anywhere but here.
*The street is named for Ernest Cresson (1824-1902), barrister and Paris police chief.
**In 1918 futurist painter Gino Severini (1883 Arezzo, Italy – 1966 Paris) lived at number 20 rue Ernest Cresson.