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Do you know the sinking feeling that you have when something good is ending? Well, that’s what I am going through. The summer is finished, and my daughters are going back to school. But all is not doom and gloom. This morning, while walking back home, I met a Greek  Goddess. Yes, honestly. She was standing in front of the Chelsea college of art. She was gorgeous. Actually, she was more majestic than gorgeous.

Meet the “Big Woman”. Don’t ask me why, but I instantly knew that she was a woman (Come on, it is obvious, isn’t it?). She doesn’t seem to have any arms and she is definitively not skinny. But there is something in the way she is standing that reminds me of a Greek statue. She simply has a strong presence.
She was lovingly being prepared by young Dutch artist, Maarten van den Bos and I forgot my French accent and my usual shyness to have a quick word with him.

He is a Master student at the Chelsea college of Art. The Greek Goddess is made of plaster, and he was trying to coat her to prevent her from melting. Wise precaution, As the Bank holiday weekend has been a wash-out, I am sure that the Greek Goddess will need to use all her divine powers to stand all week long!
There is something universal about this sculpture, something that I needed at the start of a gloomy week. I can’t put my finger on it, but it is at the same time uplifting, human and also extraordinary.
I thought that I was becoming cynical. It has been a long time since I have been moved by a piece of art. But miracles do happen, after all. It is the small things that matter, isn’t it? And the Greek goddess has made my day!

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Wow… now that takes imagination…
    I would need a chisel and days to eke our the visage of a Greek Goddess. (Maybe it’s the NEW Greek Goddess, one buffeted by economic malaise and unemployment.)

    • You just are too cynical! She is indeed a Goddess, albeit a modern one!

  • It is always a bonus when we see something that catches our eye, like a little present, or at least I think so. But I’m a bit puzzled about a plaster sculpture melting. When I was at art school one of the bad boys said he would take a cast of the hand of the most vain and stupid girl in the class. He put her hand in a bucket of plaster, and then went home. What a trick eh? although I am afraid we thought it was rather funny at the time – that is the callousness of youth, I suppose. She had to be chipped out as no amount of water would have liberated her hand from the bucket.

    • What an awful story! I didn’t know that you had been to an Art school (lucky you!). The artist might be over protective? When it threatens to rain, the Goddess is carefully wrapped in plastic. I think that I was lucky to see her in all herl splendour…

  • So glad the Greek goddess made your day. We get so caught up in the busyness of life it’s truly wonderful when something stops us in our tracks and causes us to really look, breathe and comprehend something of artistic worth.

    • It was indeed wonderful, and totally unexpected!

  • Just more proof to my belief that art uplifts us…in many ways and sometimes unexpectedly….
    Love the statue…very impressive 😀

    • Glad yo like it. You also have to imagine the surroundings: it is all very Victorian, quite classic result. I love the contrast!

  • Art is good for the soul! And I remember you ogling the paintings at the Tate my dear 😉

    • I have a difficult relationship with art. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I just don’t warm up to it. I never understood why.

  • I agree it is the little things. We got a new vending machine at work and it brightened my whole week. I hope you have a less gloomy week now that you have something interesting to look and think about:)

    • Wow! I would love to know more about the vending machine…As for the gloomy mood, I suppose that it is just this time of the year!

  • I hope someone’s given the poor lady an umbrella! Hate to think of the Greek goddess being washed away by all this rain…

    • Don’t worry, she is carefully wrapped up in plastic when it is raining! It looks like she already has some worshipers…

  • Great job and keeping your eyes peeled for the little things in life that move us. I forgot how much I just love the quiet campus in the summer… then all the students show up and chaos ensues. I’ll have to be sure to look out for my Greek Goddess today!

    • Please do, and send me a picture!

  • Lovely! I love that she wasn’t what I expected !