Abandoned!

by tiresomemoi

Abandoned! – 4 December 201520151204 Abandoned!

 

 

The bright flowers caught my attention. Then, after closer inspection, I was struck by the contrast between the stern bust of Ernest Russelle* at the top of the pedestal and the melodramatic pose of the forsaken youth at his nonexistent feet. In 1901 would the sight of the shoeless, morally abandoned child have caused a passerby to change her ways?

 

The pedestal reads:

A / ERNEST / ROUSSELLE / PRESIDENT / DU CONSEIL MUNICIPAL / DE PARIS / DU CONSEIL GENERAL / DE LA SEINE / DE LA COMMISSION / DES ENFANTS ASSISTES / MORALEMENT ABANDONNES/ 1836-1896; ABANDONNE! (beside the shoeless child)

 

*You can see the upper part of the monument and read about the sculptor, etc. here.

 

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