A statue by Ossip Zadkine: 'Le Messager'...

Walk along the Sumida River and pass near Chuo Ohashi Bridge, and you may notice a statue standing on the bridge pier. This is an artwork by the Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine, titled 'Le Messager,' positioned just upstream of the bridge. 'Le Messager' was created in 1937 and exhibited at the Paris Expo in the same year. The 'Le Messager' standing at Shin Ohashi Bridge is the one that was newly cast in a later year, gifted from Paris in the name of President Chirac as of October 27, 1992, symbolizing the friendship between Paris and Tokyo, as well as between the Seine River in Paris and the Sumida River.

Osip Zakin's name is not widely known in Japan, but he was a world-class sculptor and recognized as an artist of the École de Paris. He was a close friend of Tsuguharu Fujita, who was active in the same period in Paris.

'Le Messager' stands facing the Sumida River, likely to deliver a message to sailors. Despite its proximity to the Chuo Ohashi Bridge, people passing over the bridge never see the front of the statue. Since I had taken pictures of the Chuo Ohashi Bridge some time ago, I wanted to see the face of the statue, so I attempted to take pictures of it this time.

A statue by Ossip Zadkine: 'Le Messager' https://tokuhain.chuo-kanko.or.jp/detail.php?id=4544

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