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Sous le Chapeau - Sculpture - Hungarian Institute Balassi

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Sous le chapeau - Under the hat

Sous le Chapeau is the name of a sculpture placed in front of the Hungarian Institute entrance.

The Balassi Institute, as the cultural center is also known, offers exhibitions, film screenings, conferences, workshops for children and language courses.

You'll find it near the Luxembourg Gardens and Saint-Sulpice Church.

Sous le chapeau literally translates as Under the hat.

An unusual name for an unusual sculpture, which represents a young woman sat on a bench.

She wears a summer dress and is barefoot.

She seems so real that you’ll be tempted to stop and sit next to her, as the bench is big enough for a second person.

If you do so, you’ll discover her face hidden under a large hat with curled edges.

And if you bend down, you’ll clearly see her face resting on both her hands.

Her eyes are half closed and she gently smiles, relaxed and lost in her dreams.

The young woman dreamer seems to invite you to her reverie.

She wears an ankle bracelet with a medallion engraved with the name of the sculptor Andras Lapis.

And if you look again at her hat, you’ll discover a second inscription - Kalap alap which means Under the hat in Hungarian.

Andras Lapis, sculptor

Andras Lapis is a Hungarian sculptor.

He created the first plaster in 1975, but didn’t produce the sculpture before 1992.

The original sculpture Sous le Chapeau is located in the city of Szeged in his native country.

He sculpted this replica that was placed in front of the Hungarian Institute in 2007.

Lapis has since created a third young woman with a hat in 2012.

This 'little sister', Lili, is sat in the city of Troyes.

Directions: 6th district - 92 rue Bonaparte
Metro: Saint-Sulpice on Line 4
Coordinates: Lat 48.849121 - Long 2.332402

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