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.
There was even a crocodile guarding the lock.
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.
In fact, on closer inspection we noticed there was even a flasher.
A guitarist was another larger sculpture.
Another crocodile had been created from bicycle chains.
There was also a quirky tussle going on between a larger figure and several smaller ones.
This theme was continued in the tug’o’war between a team of wirecutters and a team of pliers.
After having a good look around and posing with the sculptures
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.
Back in the boat it was all hands ready as we made our way into the lock
and further up the Canal du Midi ready for our next surprise.