Ecluse de l’Aiguille’s incredible sculptures

On Day 4 around lunch time we took a short but entertaining stop before we went through the lock at l’Aiguille. The lock keeper, Joël Barthe, was quite a sculptor using lots of waste metal and wood items and rebirthing them as sculptures. At the entry we were greeted by the first of these wonderful creations.

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There was even a crocodile guarding the lock.

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As we approached the outdoor display of all the sculptures we obviously triggered a switch as a large group of the sculptures with moving parts came to life. Many of them not particularly well clothed.

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In fact, on closer inspection we noticed there was even a flasher.

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A guitarist was another larger sculpture.

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However all sculptures, large and small were for sale or could be made to order as signs on a couple of the displays showed.
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Another crocodile had been created from bicycle chains.

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There was also a quirky tussle going on between a larger figure and several smaller ones.

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This theme was continued in the tug’o’war between a team of wirecutters and a team of pliers.

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After having a good look around and posing with the sculptures

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we started to make our way back to our boat past the lock keeper who had even made a wooden chair for himself in the shape of a giant hand.

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Back in the boat it was all hands ready as we made our way into the lock

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and further up the Canal du Midi ready for our next surprise.

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