Saint Joan Of Arc (Twice)
So, which one? Not which one is best. But, which one do you like better? What suits you? For me, they serve very different purposes. The top version of this picture will eventually find its way to Getty Images. The second version will find its way into what appears to be my new gallery. So, both versions will eventually see daylight beyond Storyteller.
There is a backstory. It’s taken me about a decade to make this picture. First, I forget that the statue is in New Orleans. In The French Quarter to be exact. Then, when I remember that it is actually here, I can’t find the angle. It’s the darndest thing. I’ve struggled with a picture of a statue for a decade. But, the other night… the night when I made a huge amount of keepers, I saw the statue, walked right to the angle that I needed and took the picture. It took me maybe five minutes, if that, to do it. And, a decade. Don’t forget that.
Why is it here? Since Joan of Arc is known as The Maid of Orleans, the statue was a gift from the people of France to New Orleans in 1958. It’s made of bronze and is the exact copy of the original, which was made in 1880 by Emmanuel Fremiet. The original is located at The Place des Pryamides in Paris. However, ours was not installed until 1972 because the city could not afford the $35,000 price tag to erect it. So it was stored until 1972 when it was erected near The World Trade Center. The statue was gilded in 1985 and moved in 1999 when Harrah’s Casino was built near the foot of Canal Street. They say that it will stay at the foot of The French Market forever. Forever is a very long time.