An allegorical representation of Time adorns the five floors of the 18 Rue Perrée in the 3rd arrondissement. Dated 1908, it is the work of sculptor Jules Louis Rispal and represents the different times of the day. At the height is represented the dawn, then come the clouds which disappear with the appearance of the Sun represented by a sundial. Then comes the darkness of night represented below by a woman who brings a veil on her. She is in fact a disguised self-portrait of the sculptor.
At the corner of the Rue Vivienne and Rue Colbert, the facade of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France Richelieu, is adorned with a beautiful clock surrounded by a carved decoration. Dated 1903, this high-relief was created by Louis-Ernest Barrias and represents a young woman leaning on his desk, reading a book on her lap, the allegory of studying.
Place de la Reine Astrid in the 8th arrondissement, is the monument of the recognition of Belgium to France. Inaugurated in 1923, it is the work of Belgian sculptor Isidore De Rudder. Two female figures facing each other, and holding hands of one another. We recognize on the left representation of France wearing the Phrygian cap, and on the right the representation of Belgium.
This sculpture realized by Antoine Bourdelle was offered to France and to Paris by Poland after World War I. Today placed on the west of the Cours Albert Ier, it was first set up Place de l'Alma in 1929.
A column with big top supports the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz statue. He is represented walking towards freedom, the arm forwards as to greet those who accompany him. A feminine figure brandishing the sword of delivery is sculpted in front of the column, and bas-reliefs make reference to works of the poet.
This plaque on the facade Rue de Sévigné is surprising. It is a relic of the 19th century from an old fountain now destroyed, the Popincourt Fountain. This bas-relief carved by Fortin represents "Charity" and date from 1806.
Inaugurated in 1989, this sculpture of the Passe-Muraille is a work of Jean Marais. To accomplish this, he was inspired by a novel by Marcel Aymé and his protagonist Dutilleul who possessed the gift of travel through walls... A novel to be read and a sculpture to be discovered on the hill of Montmartre, Place Marcel Aymé.
Joan Miro, one of the main surrealist artist, painter but also sculptor, donated one of his major works to the Ville de Paris. A work entitled L'Oiseau lunaire, a representation of a fantastic creature created with curves and horns. Exposed in the 15th arrondissement, in the Square de l'Oiseau lunaire (former Blomet public garden), the work occupies the place of former artist studioes, 45 rue Blomet, occupied by Miro, Max Jacob or André Masson.