A facelift in pure gold for the statue of Brigitte Bardot in Saint-Tropez


Brussels has its Manneken-Pis, Copenhagen its famous mermaid and Saint-Tropez its statue of Bardot, the muse of the country… Installed at the entrance of the Var village, on a square overlooking the Gendarmerie museum, it is quickly become the obligatory point of passage for tourists who take a souvenir photo in front of the naked effigy of the star, nestled in a seashell … Weary, with time, the salt spray and the ardor of the fans – who did not hesitate to fiddling around – it had lost its luster and deserved a serious facelift, as explained by our colleagues from Nice morning who went to the highly strategic site.

“The last patina was really disgusting,” the star’s husband, Bernard d’Ormale, told the daily. And the marine climate didn’t help… ”He therefore contacted the Italian artist Milo Manara, who designed the work a few years ago, to have it covered with pure gold leaf. “I asked that she find a more dazzling aspect, like that of the Parisian statue of Joan of Arc, place des Pyramides” – we will appreciate the comparison, except that Jeanne La Pucelle is much more dressed on her horse, close of the Tuileries …

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The aesthetic operation will last two weeks, during which the bronze statue will be hidden from the public in a tent. At the maneuver, the Schaefer workshop, a Champagne company, responsible for applying the gilding according to the rules of the art … For a total cost of 10,000 euros, financed by the famous Millon house, specializing in auction sales, and a private patron who admires Bardot. A renovation that will therefore cost taxpayers nothing …

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“Absolute Kitsch”

Installed in 2017, the 700 kilo statue had already been fully financed by private funds, to the tune of 250,000 euros. At the time, its implementation had caused some waves, some elected officials finding the work of “an absolute kitsch”, a reflection of “a submissive woman” … It is true that the erotic designer Manara did not hesitate to sublimate the sensual curves of BB, being freely inspired by Botticelli’s Venus … Bardot, she had appreciated the gesture, even if she does not spare her criticisms of Saint-Tropez, which she now considers distorted by billionaires and the captains of industry, who have transformed, according to her, the former fishing village into a branch of Miami … The former actress no longer leaves her properties in Saint-Tropez, away from the curious, living recluse and happy in the among its animals, ten dogs, twenty cats, not to mention horses, pigs, goats, chickens and geese …

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At the latest news, the star says she is “flattered” by this fine gold facelift, even if she personally hasn’t asked for anything, always devoting her energy to defending the animal cause. She had not already come to the inauguration, nor should she come to see the final result …


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