The Blogger’s THATLou was a resounding success. The theme was Angels and Wings, allowing the clever Blog-Hunters to spend their night, pre-cocktail, prancing about with plump putti, flying off as fast as Mercury with those wings on his heels.
Among the most famous pieces at the Louvre is the Winged Victory of Samothrace (190 BC), who stood proudly at the ship’s prow and now stands proudly at the top of the grand Daru staircase. Originally she had her arm raised, with her hand cupped at the edge of her lips calling out her victory (that hand is now at the Kunsthistorischemuseum in Vienna). The sanctuary at Samothrace was consecrated to the Cabeiri, gods of fertility whose help was invoked to protect seafarers and to grant victory in war. To be able to photograph this Hellenistic gem without others in the shot was a THATLou Victory, with a promise for a post in and of itself (with perhaps a bit more lingering on the actual sculpture). Bloggers snaps of this attempt (with some excellent successes) will follow.
During the hunt I should have taken more (and better!) photos, but I was off contemplating the THATLou prizes — which ended up being colorful Louvre notepads and pens, a joke on how the plume-holding muscles in all of our hands are atrophying, what with all of our blogging and twittering, texting and overall virtual existences.
For now just a few snaps of the most excellent night taken from Twitter. First prize went to Melanie Vaz and Thibault Devillers, the only 2-person team. Second prize, for the team who tweeted the most, went to Emma Bentley, Karin Bates Prescott, Alisa Morov and Rachel.
Apologies for the small format of the following team touchdown photos… A technological cretin, I evidently don’t know how to use my phone.
Congrats to all for making it such a fun night — Especially to those who picked up the hefty bonus points for reading this blog.
Please let me know if you’d like to join any future hunts, or if you have any special visitors who would enjoy a private THATLou. Upcoming hunts:
- Kid’s THATLou (14h30 at 7 April)
- Entrepreneur’s hunt (18h30 on Wed 25 April)
- a two-part Wine and Cheese THATLou (to be scheduled)
- and of course the Sunday Series, the first Sunday of the month… Next one is next weekend, Sunday 1 April at 14h30 — Poisson d’Avril!!