RAYMOND DUCHAMP-VILLON

Raymond Duchamp-Villon (1876-1918).

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ANTIKYTHERA

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Sometime before Easter 1900, Elias Stadiatos, a Greek sponge diver, discovered the wreck of an ancient cargo ship (150-100 BC) off Antikythera island at a depth of 42m. Sponge divers retrieved several statues and other artifacts from the site,
including a mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions.

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No earlier geared mechanism of any sort has ever been found. Nothing close to its technological sophistication appears again for well over a millennium, when astronomical clocks appear in medieval Europe.

At the photo below a reconstruction of the mechanism.

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More information HERE.

THE DESTROYED STATUES OF PARIS

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During the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, the co-operating Vichy government ordered the removal and destruction of all metal monuments and statues for the purpose of remelting, unless considered to be of “historical or artistic interest” to the new regime. In other words, sculptures that symbolised democracy, liberal policies, progression, the avant-garde and generally anything that might have offended the Germans, was deemed “ugly” and radical and sent straight to a hellish grave of twisted metal and fallen statues.

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Throughout France during the Second World War, 17,000 statues, both commemorative and decorative, disappeared.

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Source: MessyNessyChic.