Louvre Art, Pretty Good Friday, Americans in Paris, Human Rights Watch and Free Haircuts …

To mark the 20th anniversary of the I. M. Pei-designed pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre, a temporary art installation by American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer went on display.

Art Installation on the Louvre

Art Installation on the Louvre

The installation, titled “Xenon for Paris”, projected giant French text onto the pyramid as well as the Louvre’s facade. I had no idea what the hell the text was talking about but it was at least visually a little interesting.

Photographed the annual “Stations of the Cross” Good Friday procession at Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. A huge following of devotees follow the Archbishop of Paris Monseigneur Andre Vingt-Trois (yes, his name translates to Andre Twenty-Three) up the stairs of the basilica stopping at 14 stations depicting Jesus’ final hours.

Good Friday Procession at Sacre Coeur

Good Friday Procession at Sacre Coeur

Had a great time at the opening of a fair/exhibition titled “American in Paris”. The fair, held in the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne, attempts to share some Americana with Parisians.

Obama Sneaker at Americans in Paris Fair

Obama Sneaker at Americans in Paris Fair

There was classic American junk food, a NYC taxi cab, a gallery exhibition of American art (featuring a ton of Obama-inspired art), performance art and of historical significance, the original Statue of Liberty that was used by Frederic Bartholdi as the model to create the larger version in New York. The statue is normally on display at the Luxembourg Gardens but was borrowed for this event. My personal highlight came when I stepped into the batting cage at the baseball exhibition and pretended to have no idea how to hit. I asked the “coach” for some tips (“Do I use one hand or two on the bat?”) and then proceeded to crush the ball (and almost the coach!) as he loaded baseballs into the pitching machine.

For more images from the fair, CLICK HERE.

Continued my work with Human Rights Watch, an organization that does some excellent reporting of human rights abuses around the world. I started working with the Paris chapter when it first opened here in 2007 and I continue to cover their seminars and events. This week HRW held a conference with Columbian journalist Hollman Morris, an International Press Freedom Award winner and one of the top Latin American journalists.

Columbian Journalist at Human Rights Watch Meeting

Hollman Morris at Human Rights Watch Meeting

Hollman has been reporting on the paramilitary, mafia, narco-traffickers and government abuses throughout Columbia but has had to flee his country due to concerns over his safety. The conference started with a screening of a new documentary on Hollman’s situation called “Temoin Indesirable (Undesirable Witness)” and followed with an interesting open forum discussion.

Craziest thing I’ve seen in a while … there is a night club called Bizzart in the 10th arrondissement of Paris that, each Saturday night, brings in hairstylists and gives free haircuts basically on the dance floor. Check out this VIDEO of a friend of mine getting a trim while Madonna vogues …

French story of the week:

Almost half of French approve of locking up bosses
Tue Apr 7, 2009 10:47am EDT

PARIS (Reuters) – Almost half of French people believe it is acceptable for workers facing layoffs to lock up their bosses, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday. Staff at French plants run by Sony, 3M and Caterpillar have held managers inside the factories overnight, in three separate incidents, to demand better layoff terms — a new form of labor action dubbed “bossnapping” by the media. A poll by the CSA institute for Le Parisien newspaper found 50 percent of French people surveyed disapproved of such acts, but 45 percent thought they were acceptable. “They are not in the majority … but 45 percent is an enormous percentage and it demonstrates the extent of exasperation among the public at this time of economic crisis,” Le Parisien said.

If you’re looking for a gift for someone and are out of ideas, how about THIS.

Some photos of the week:

Mess at St Michel Metro

Mess at St Michel Metro

Art installation on the Louvre

Art installation on the Louvre

Moon Over Pont Neuf

Moon Over Pont Neuf

Moon Halo

Moon Glow


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Second Baseman on April 12, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Great shots as usual….Like your stretch shot and if it was true, your could have been a Laker starter and we could have been RICH, RICH, RICH….Now I know where to get my haircuts when in Paris….


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