La Place aux Fleurs with bronze Commeres by Jens Boettcher in Dole, France

At first glance, La Place aux Fleurs in Dole, France seemed a serene little square bordered by trim limestone block house. But on closer examination, I decided there was more to the story. On the side of the plaza, three naked bronze figures huddled on a bench. The bronze sculpture was created in 1982 by artist Jens Boettcher. The title, “Commères,” translates to “The Gossips” in English. It’s not hard to imagine an abundance of gossip flying around this tiny village – small towns often thrive on it….

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