Man on the Edge

This sculpture caught me by surprise as I wandered around Mougins, a hilltop village just outside of Cannes. It's by French sculptor Nicolas Lavarenne, and it's suspended high on the outside of Mougin's Museum of Classical Art. The museum, which opened in 2008, has a widely acclaimed, eclectic collection ranging from antiquities to classically inspired modern works by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Rodin, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst. Lavarenne's bold, monumental bronzes fit right in -- classically inspired but decidedly modern in presentation. This one, fittingly, is called "L'Essor," which means "flight."