Unveiled on Monday, at the entrance of the old port of La Rochelle, are two new gargoyles. They are modelled on the cartoonists Cabu and Georges Wolinski, who were both killed in the attack on Charlie Hebdo at the beginning of the year.
Cabu is depicted with a pencil placed behind an ear, Wolinski being climbed by two naked women.
The project was managed by head of the entrance renovation project Philippe Villeneuve, who had already been commissioned to recreate two of the gargoyles, transforming a location known for depriving liberty, imprisoning then guillotining the Four Sergeants charged with conspiracy under the Restoration, into one that pay tribute to those artists – and by extension all threatened artists. And continuing a tradition of French gargoyles documenting events of the time.