Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Day 187:St-Jean-Port-Joli

Day 187:St-Jean-Port-Joli, originally uploaded by susanvg.

St-Jean-Port-Joli is a picturesque town. The town dates back to the 1700s (the church was begun around 1771 - its architecture is still representative of the style of that time, though it has been redone since) Known for wood carving, local sculptors carved figures of farmers, fishermen, women baking – local life. Some became accomplished artists and carved magnificent friezes for churches as well as sculpture on religious themes; others chose to honour the more prosaic – the local carving museum boasts life size carvings of some 20th century politicians as well as Harry Potter.

Standing in front of the church manse, this tree trunk has become a sculpture . It is a tree of life, from birth to death just as the tree was born, grew and died and has now been reborn as a piece of art.


  1. Lovely, Susan - both the carving and your post.

  2. OMG...I was there on June 27th as I accompanied my neighbour with her husband's ashes to his final resting place in Tourville, about an hour away. We stayed overnight at a quaint motel, Blanche d'Habreville. She took me to show me this very sculpture as well as the Parc des Trois Berets where there are over 60 sculptures.
    Deb :)