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In my quest of seeing & showing Paris differently, render well-known topics as fresh images....familiar landmarks from a not-so-common point of view....

An Encounter with "The Man Who Could Walk Through Walls"

In a small, secretive little plaza in the Montmartre district of Paris can be found a life-sized statue that is known to many native French, but is little known elsewhere. It is an unusual statue, nothing like the men on horseback or head-and-shoulders busts that usually grace the squares of cities like Paris. Rather, this statue is of a man who appears to be coming out of the supporting wall of the garden that lies above it. He is Dutilleul, a mousy, non-nondescript sort of man, a person most people observe and easily dismiss as unimportant. He is balding and ugly, the type of man who keeps mostly to himself in the workplace.

And yet, this man is not ordinary. He is "passing through a wall". No one I know can do that, and as we all know, this is the stuff only of science fiction.

The statue, sculpted by the famous French actor Jean Marais (1913-1998), was produced to commemorate the most famous story of author Marcel Aymé (1902-1967), "Le Paisse-Muraille" or "The Man Who Could Walk Through Walls." Published in 1943 and twice turned into a film, the story is about Dutilleul, a humble civil servant.

If you are in Paris, do make it a point to visit the statue of Dutilleul at the Place Marcel Aymé, Montmartre. It is a little slice of science fiction history.

I quite enjoyed the sight of the tourist here trying her best to pull Dutilleul out of the wall :-)

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