No Love in Paris for Russian-Made Statue

Posted: Jan. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Produced by the Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli famous for his many public monuments appearing in cities across the globe, a statue of Pope John Paul the II has found itself marooned in Paris with nowhere to go. City officials have no place to erect the 1.5 ton monument, and no other cities seem interested in the work, yet the statue remains in the city.

French authorities are at a loss; they can’t fit a bronze statue of John Paul II into Paris. Weighing 1.5 tons, it’s the work of Russian Zurab Tsereteli whose signature sculptures can be 80 meters tall.


It's been three years since the 3.6 meter high statue was abandoned in the French capital, reportedly due to a disagreement between the Mayor’s Office and the Polish Catholic mission.


They failed to agree on where the sculpture would be placed.

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