Where has the fat blue woman gone?
(ADW) One of Luxembourg's best known landmarks, the large blue woman sculpture "La Grande Temperance" by Niki de Saint Phalle, has disappeared. The statue, fondly known as “Nana”, no longer makes her hopping pose outside the Bierger Center in Centre Hamilius, but why?
On Thursday a large crane severed Nana from her concrete base at the bus terminal, before carefully placing her on the back of a large trailer for the short journey to the National History Museum.
The statue, by the French artist, is being stored in a safe place while demolition work takes place at the Bierger Center to make way for the Hamilius project, which will boast a shopping centre, offices and apartments between Place Aldringen and the Grand-Rue.
Once the whole Hamilius project is complete, currently forecast for 2017, the statue that was commissioned for the “European City of Culture” in 1995, is due to return to her rightful place.
As reported yesterday, the Bierger Center has now moved across the street to former "Crédit Lyonnais" offices. Thursday evening was not just a goodbye to the old Bierger Center building, but also a celebration of its tenth anniversary.