picture (from the 1970's) courtesy
of Christine, weblog Chtitine
Above picture was taken in the 1970's when its author travelled in the north of France, en route to Belgium, passing the small community of le Doulieu (west of Lille).
The picture shows the wooden models created by Jean-Baptiste Bouriez. He worked in agriculture and began his creative activity around 1952. His models were displayed in the front garden of his house facing the D18 departmental road that crosses the village.
One will recognize an Eiffel tower, and the garden also had models of the Notre Dame in Paris, the local church in le Doulieu and the lighthouse at le Havre. It would take Bouriez much time to repaint the items, which he did every springtime. (I derive this information from the book by Francis David, see documentation).
To my knowledge, the internet has no biographical or other information about Bouriez. Likewise, above picture is one of the very few I could trace on the web. Another picture, from David's book, is on the weblog of Jean-Michel Chesné.
I do not know when this has happened, but meanwhile the front garden has been redesigned, i.e. the models have disappeared and nowadays nothing has been left of this environment.
* Short article and some pictures in: Francis David, Guide de l'art insolite: Nord/Pas de Calais, Picardie. Paris (Herscher), 1984 (occasionaly available antiquarian)
le Doulieu, Nord, France