The sculptures of Joël Barthes. This sculpture represents the French singer Georges Brassens (1921-1981).
Sailing along the Canal du Midi, we came to the écluse de l’Aiguille, near the small community of Puichéric. On this day it was pouring rain, which can be a real damper to the fun factor. As we entered the écluse and secured the boat, we had a chance to look around and were treated with a delightful exhibition of sculptures in every imaginable location on the premises, from the trees to the banks of the canal. Joël Barthes, the éclusier, has lived and worked at the écluse since 1988. In 1992 he began carving wood sculptures to decorate the écluse and then progressed to iron. In that time he has created over 200 sculptures. It was such a treat to see such whimsical works of art, but a shame it wasn’t better weather nor more time to explore this unexpected sculptural exhibition.
The écluse de l’Aiguille, the Canal du Midi, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean