Remembering James Dean in Lacoste, France

IMG_1588The “Wall of Hope” is out of place in the Luberon Mountains of Provence. Sculpted by the late Japanese artist Yasuo Mizui over the course of 20 years, the colossal memorial never made its way to its intended destination of California­­, where a smaller monument from Japan already resided. Only a local guide with permission from Mizui’s family can take you to see James, so you’ll need to ask around the village for someone in the know. The locally quarried stone (pierre de Lacoste) was cut by handsaw and hauled to the artist’s garden for assembly­­––and there it will remain. The wall consists of massive blocks carved into delicate curtains on one side, with the other cradling a bust of the iconic actor. Dean stares into the thicket of nearby woods­­­­­­––his mouth agape.  IMG_1593 IMG_1595 IMG_1596

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