Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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Tropical Garden, strange place for a stroll ...

As in a dream,
heat and heavy ... you gets wet! You feel the sweat slides down your spine, the smell of vegetation "lush" and a little wild ... the milky sky makes you squint your eyes and your breath is short ... not a living soul ...

A door Annam !

Bridge Tonkinese

Bridge "naga"

The stupa
Dinh (common house of the village in Indochina) and temple with an urn already seen in Hue (copy of one of nine Dynastic Urns), Imperial City of Vietnam.

Indochina ? It's written on!

few thousand miles and ... the booth Reunion (from precious exotic woods)
In Guiana, now ... Are you sure?

A greenhouse, of Dahomey (Benin), might say.

And a trip to the souk for some amplettes in the Tunisian flag , anyone?

Of monuments ... to the dead soldiers of the colonies, great war ...
Bizarre, weird! what a funny dream!

Too strange! dangerous?

STOP, you wake up! Back to reality!
We are "garden of Tropical Agriculture" east of the Bois de Vincennes (Paris 12).
closer look.

At the end of 19th century France seeks to increase agricultural production of its colonies to improve its supply of tea, coffee, cocoa, spices ... The Garden "test" is created in 1899 to coordinate agricultural experiments and reintroduce exotic plants into new production sites . Plans of coffee, cocoa, vanilla, nutmeg banana trees, rubber tree ... are received, grown, multiplied and consigned to the colonies.

This garden greeted in the first half of last century, the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Agronomie Coloniale, founded in 1902.
"The building is described by the" Hurry Colonial in 1903 as a "bordj" purest Tunisian style and decorated with tiles that have been had the vanity to bring in Turkey and whose some even came from the Bardo Palace ... "
So goes the time ...
Occupied by CIRAD (Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development), it was bought by the city of Paris in May 2003. Some greenhouses are very degraded again ...

Buildings-dreams-are the remains of those of the Colonial Exhibition in 1907.
The exhibition receives 2 million visitors for the month of May to the month of October 1907. For this exhibition several colonial villages are rebuilt, Indochina, Madagascar, Congo, Sudan and a Tuareg camp.
Residents of Tonkin, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Congo, Guyana, Martinique ... are then "invited" to expose himself to the Parisians in the was then described as a "human zoo" very popular at that time in European capitals.
"Then the millions that the French from 1877 to the early 30s, going to encounter the Other. "Other" and staged in a cage. Whether people "strange" came from all over the world, or native of the Empire, it constitutes the vast majority of metropolitan, the first contact with otherness. The social impact of these shows in the construction of the image of the Other is immense. Especially they then combine with a pervasive colonial propaganda (for image and text) that permeates deeply the French imagination. Yet these human zoos remain absent from the collective memory "

The buildings you see on the site, except the flag of the Indo-China, now being restored, are in very bad state, "protected (?)" with scraps of plastic sheeting that flutter in the wind. They threaten to ruin ... You do not believe me?
The beautiful flag of Congo (factorie ), architecture authentic burned in 2004.

It is clear that without a definite mobilization and generous patrons, there will soon (a few years at most) nothing at all these vestiges of memory!

During the First World War, soldiers from the colonies in Asia are cured flag of Cochinchina that burned in 1984.

Its construction was provided by the Government General of Indochina in 1906. It was part of the group that was the common house (the Dinh) from the village of Phu-Cuong ... It housed works of art, objects crafted copper, wood carvings and panels inlaid with mother of pearl.
A new building was built in 1992 by the National Association of Veterans and Friends of Indochina.

is also the venue for the erection monuments to the memory of soldiers of the colonies died for France during the First World War. You've already seen.

This garden, you want to go there? first click ...

is a destination that I recommend, is pleasantly wild vegetation, beautiful trees that you have of course noticed,
few visitors and a funny atmosphere came from nowhere ...
You have felt the During this walk, right?

Oops! Not a soul have I said! Error!
The statues are located on land at the entrance to the garden from a single set entitled "To the glory of colonial expansion. Commissioned in 1913 it was not originally in the garden but, whether on the Esplanade du chateau de Vincennes or Porte Dorée. They have suffered from the 1998 storm.


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