Dame du bord de Meuse
Meuse, Aubrives, France
The Meuse flows over 500 miles through France, through Belgium and through the Netherlands before joining with the Rhine at the Hollands Diep and coursing into the North Sea. It’s a winding river, a powerful river and a dangerous one, flooding with alarming frequency. These floods are not a new thing. When it burst its banks in 1421, it caused one of the worst floods the Netherlands has ever seen, swallowing up whole villages and claiming the souls of up to 10, 000 people. And so this woman on the banks of the Meuse has an important job. She, and the twelve other statues of women by sculptor and Aubrives native Georges-Armand Favaudon, line the banks of the river as it travels through the French Ardennes. They represent the strength, power and grace of a woman, and also of nature. And it’s strength and power she needs the most in protecting those who live along the river from its might.