So, apparently there is a giant standing thumb in Paris, one in Qatar, and a couple other places. If you guys can please leave a comment down below showing like 1, 2, 3, 4. Where everything each image is from, that would be awesome!. I read somewhere that one of these thumb’s is supposed to be called “Cesar’s Thumb”.
The thumb below is for sure called “Le Pouce”, and this thumb sculpture, one tonne in weight, dominates the financial district, where towers of glass are surrounded by the perfectly tended shops and cafes, the gleaming black cars, the people running around in suits, and all the other stuff one would expect to find in a financial district.
It’s no surprise that Paris would erect a radical sculpture right in the middle of a strictly regulated corporate park. People who come to La Défense, Paris’s largest business sector, are likely to think they’ll see business, not art, but this park gives them exactly that. Created in 1965 by sculptor César Baldaccini, “Le Pouce,” or “The Thumb,” stood over 40 feet tall and weighed 18 tonnes.
César was well known for giving special attention to resizing and reshaping objects which are a mainstay of modern life. The partnership between César and technology proved fruitful, though there was some tension. Themes of crushing cars and industrial materials recreating nature were popular.
His most famous piece was probably the enlargement of his own thumb and fingerprints. The modern method of construction was used to make a mould of César’s thumb, from which several huge versions were made. The huge thumbs can be seen in parks and museums around the world. This La Défense’s most famous expansion is the giant one.
The bar is unlike its gleaming, sterile environment, with César’s thumb discoloured and chapped, looking exactly like a natural feature would. Maybe he didn’t mean to, but he provided a foil to the corporate opulence created by a corporate park that has been purposefully built. That’s the beauty of art: it does whatever it wants.