Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Paris Our Influence In the Style Capital of The World

I have never been to Paris. All I have to go on is the rumor of the beauty and grace that is Paris. Also artists used to fall out of the trees, they have great clothes and  I studied French in both high school and college because apparently I thought the French Canadians were going to overtake the South.

The other thing I have is a field reporter in Paris:

landscapelover of Landscaper Lover's Blog  comments and submits (for our entertainment)

OK, I know this isn't scorable but ... it is WITH JOY that your trusty Paris field reporter can announce yard art sightings in Paris. Husband and I have been scouring the city for flingo-flingos, seahorse birdbaths, dressed frogs with lilypads, racoons with holiday lights and, for months, found nothing. We had all but given up hope. Then a couple of weeks ago, hubby saw this:

Rows of petits nains à vendre (gnomes for sale) in the chic department store BHV, right in the heart of the city. You can see one on the third shelf trying to escape, perhaps from the neon pink spray painting that seems to be the fate of gnomes on his row.


Oh my gosh, a do it yourself gnome humiliation kit. Why don't we have these at home.

 Then, this morning, I saw this:

I had to pinch myself to make sure that my longing for yard art had not brought on hallucinations. This was outside a shop on the quai de la Seine, about 50 yards from the Louvre, an area full of designer boutiques and fancy-dancy restaurants. And there they were -  cute donkey, brightly coloured chickens and chicks, rooster, three little scottie dogs, two rottweilers, orang utan, llama (possibly), and on the top shelf - little tortoise and his friend vast oversized mutant tortoise. And see how they are all chained and tied and padlocked, to prevent over-excited Frenchies running right off with them. These are desirable items.

OK, so they are not in yards. But, they are ALL FOR SALE in central Paris. Some chic Parisian is expected to buy these and put them in their impossibly stylish, minimalist, clipped little garden. And we shall be there, waiting, with cameras....


This my friends, is what happens when The Yard Art Game finally begins the ultimate plan for total and complete world domination. Before you know, the fancy-dancy (I had no idea Brits said fancy-dancy) Parisians will all want a honking big turtle.

That will be a grand day. Great job landscapelover.

39 comments:

  1. Wow! It is with this find we Yanks can finally say that Parisians do have style.

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  2. The Parisians have very fancy yard art statues, the paint job on all of them is very impressive and realistic. No plastic-y fake-looking animals for them, mon dieu! (I have no idea what that means--since I flunked French in high school)

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  3. Tufa Girl, We yank have our own awe inspiring style, especially use of the southern persuasion.

    Karen, I agree, these are your more high end yard art-ery but place them in your yard, plant a few poseys and the effect is still the same. Mon Dieu! is a fancy dancy way of saying OMG.

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  4. Oh, wonderful, now I can speak fancy-dancy. I always wanted to do that.

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  5. Karen, flip you hands and look superior... it will help.

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  6. "Mon Dieu, have you seen the Neon Pink Gnomes," flip, flip, trying my best to look Superior.

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  7. I thought surely this post was going to be about Paris, Texas - not the real Paris!!! I could imagine yard art in Paris, Texas - but Mon Dieu! (see, I learned something new today), there must be a new revolution going on in France!

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  8. What? No neon-colored donkeys, tortoise and rooster? Never having been to Paris, which is chicer and more trend-setting, the BHV or the animal shop?

    Just out of curiosity, what kind of shop is the one with the animals?

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  9. Oh, the tortoise! I have to go all the way to Paris to see that????! Sigh.

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  10. Mon Dieu! Es muy bueno! Oops - I slipped across the border for a moment. Thought I was back in Atlanta. I will say those Parisians sure know how to protect their art - must get help from the Surete'.

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  11. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

    Being of the Louisiana persuasion, I know a little French. Mostly swear words and bastardizations of real French. I notice that the Parisians decorate their own gnomes. Ooh La La, no common pre-decorated gnomes for them!

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  12. Anyone going to rescue that poor gnome? He hates pink!!!

    Your captions were one of the best. I've put a link to your blog in my current post so that others can come visit you direct to enjoy your creative yard art stories; http://onenezz.blogspot.com/2011/04/caption-fun.html.

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  13. Mono-colored gnomes ... in florescent shades like 'Vivid Lime'? (Things that make me go "hummm".) o_O

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  14. I was taught at school that French people don't really say "sacre bleu!", but now I see there are more options ... "rose" and "vert"

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  15. Holly Garden, see our small revolution is traveling across the pond. It is probably b-a-g, I bet he has started a yard art revolution.

    Bom, I was curious about that my self. Obviously an upscale design store. All the best people are going to want a large gorilla in their garden.

    Lin, We will see if we can find you a tortoise in the state. Of course, it will not be a french turtle, sigh.

    Mom L, valuable like these can't be just laying about for some foreign American tourist to pick up.

    Shannon, fascinating your are from Louisiana. We will investigate this more thoroughly. Yes, Parisian prefer their on gnome-al interpretation.

    One, thanks for putting my captions up. If you are a French gnome you have to roll with the pink. I think those are just the base colors. I wonder how they are finished.

    Shyrlene, I really think feathers and stuff are going to be added. It's what I would do. (and glitter, perhaps a few rhinestones)

    b-a-g, they don't say "sacre blue!" What about all those cartoons... dang, next you are going to tell me they don't all wear striped shirts and berets. :(

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  16. Jill from Landscape Lover came out of the virtual world to visit me at my nursery in PA, and I must admit she does have a great sense of humor. But this is amazing. Clearly American tourists could not fit this yard art on the plane, but is it being bought and shipped to the states as authentic French statuary? I just can't believe Parisians would actually buy this stuff. I think we need a stake out to verify the nationality of the customers. Perhaps then Jill could follow the buyers home and photograph the art in their garden. It's a great way to get points--I'm sure there would be a bonus involved and even golden balls.

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  17. I want 'Paint a Gnome'. They would be a big hit here.

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  18. Hmm...spray painted gnomes. I think this would be a major seller here in the DIY southland. Folks could match their gnomes to their shutters, for that 'finished' look.

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  19. Carolyn, I heard that Jill was heading your way as she was dismayed by our Paris in Springtime entry and she is our Paris correspondent. I have to admit your entry was pretty snazzy.

    Great idea though, landscapelover could stake out the store and see who purchases the statues. I am wondering who may buy the llama because he is kinda cool.

    gwgt, I absolutely agree. I really want to play with one.

    MorningGlory, I know you and gwgt agree. We could add all kinds of great stuff for Michaels or Walmart on it. I am all for matching my shutters cause I love matchy-matchy.

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  20. I just saw "paint your own" little Gnome's on stakes in Michaels!

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  21. Jester, GET OUT... you did! Let's all get one and post them next week!

    I know I want to decorate a gnome on a stick!

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  22. "Ah, gay Paree"

    Paris, Texas that is... so close and yet so little time.

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  23. I love this blog where we see the latest trends in Yard Art Decorating Ideas and now a delightful added bonus, foreign correspondents and French language tutorials for the French language- impaired (that would be me):

    "Mon Dieu, Jester found petits nains à vendre on a stick which could be painted sacre bleu (rose and vert)??"

    Thanks to TYAG, I now can say I said that.

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  24. Tufa Girl, next trip... I will see Paris.

    Karen, we truly are an multi-purpose blog.

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  25. I always knew that French people are not indifferent on the subject of gnomes. I regret that I didn't photograph gnome orgies during my travels through France. At that time, I couldn't have predicted being in a virtual friendship with your blog.

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  26. Laura, the tortoise is great and as close you the French got to a dinosaur. I am still coveting the llama.

    Olga, WHAT!!! you witnessed gnome orgies. Ok Jill, Olga saw gnome orgies in France so it is up to you.

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  27. It was a small and decent orgy. We thought that it was perfectly normal for a group of friends after watching Amelie.

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  28. We Americans are so provincial. I have never witnessed or partaken in a small and/or decent orgy.

    I'm not sure what a small and decent orgy would entail.

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  29. The yard gnomes made me laugh! Thanks for the much-needed humor this morning.

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  30. Laura - you would have loved the giant tortoise I knew in Maryland! 550# and about 50 yrs old - in a private zoo and animal preserve north of Frederick.

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  31. tracymorris, thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Lola Nova, you have many many talents.

    Mom L, why am I not surprised that you had a giant tortoise friend.

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  32. Returning from a few days away from Paris (and the internet), I am rather belatedly "mingling with my public" and hooting over these reactions to my finds - who knew that LH attracted so many linguists?
    I am toying with the idea of stalking the purchaser of the cool llama (or the lorry that takes away that mutant tortoise) - and realise now that I have hardly scratched the surface of yard art in Paris, if there are small, decent gnome orgies on which I might submit and comment...

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  33. landscapelover, if there are small decent gnome orgies going on over there WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT. Olga is now in Canada but perhaps she can tell you where to look.

    I agree with you the llama is cool or as my horse-shoer calls them African llamas.

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  34. I just may have to fly over to Paris to grab some of these little guys for my roof top! Who would have thunk??? Paris of all places!!
    Great stuff. Thanks! Fran

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  35. The spray paint cans right next to the gnomes make it so tempting to "tag" them with graffiti, too. Kind of like garden gnomes for juvenile delinquents. (Get 'em hooked young.)

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  36. Stacy, I so want a paint your own gnome kit. You are right, I wonder what is keeping the delinquents from just having at the gnomes. I guess Paris is too cultured for graffiti.

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