This is a different kind of work.
My intention was to set the exact place in which the guillotine was located in Paris' "Place de la Concorde", during the French Revolution.
To do this, I used an old drawing made by Isidore-Stanislas Helman, that recreates the execution of the French king Louis XVI, the 21st January 1793.

Based on the position of the buildings, I realized a panoramic photo of the square and blend it with the old picture, carefully aligning the buildings of the drawing with those of my photo. Thus, parts of the buildings appears deliberately in form of drawing, just behind the guillotine.

Between 1793 and 1794, from the 2.498 people guillotined during the so called “Reign of terror”, 1.119 heads rolled down in "Place de la Concorde" (called then "Place de la Revolution"): Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Charlotte Corday, the Girondins, Philippe d'Orléans, Madame Du Barry, Malesherbes, Lavoisier (considered the “father of modern chemistry”), Danton, Robespierre… among many others.
It is said that the smell of blood was so strong that people avoided to pass through this square.
It was part of the quota that French people had to pay for fight to increased equality and justice between his citizens.
Since then, the ideals of “Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood” try to govern the destiny of this society.
But sometimes the lessons of history are not learned and can be repeated…

The original drawing can be consulted at:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LouisXVIExecutionBig.jpg

As an anecdote, when the judge condemned Lavoisier to the guillotine, he sentenced with the phrase “the Republic does not need wise people”.
Human stupidity is everywhere...

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