The Luxembourg Gardens under the Snow // Le jardin du Luxembourg sous la neige © Chant Wagner 2018
A rare treat for the eyes of visitors is the spectacle of a white, snowy jardin du Luxembourg. The fact was made all the more obvious thanks to the central area of the gardens being quarantined behind peppermint-cane tape, until things would get back to normal...
This created a new dynamic of flux in the gardens; people appeared to be in constant motion, like once upon a time at the Bois de Boulogne when it was fashionable to stroll under its trees, unceasingly, to see and be seen. The jade-green metallic chairs were left empty of lounging, still visitors. This did not prevent the advent of a new, static activity: snow-gazing.
The middle of the park had become a giant, real landscape painting that called for attentive scrutiny, provided you wore sunglasses. The light reflecting on the white expanse was blinding. It seemed you were going to burn your eyes, if you stared one moment too long.