Claude Ponti - In Nantes Botanic Gardens

Nantesí Merchant Seamen
texte et dessin : © Claude Ponti

Nantesí Merchant Seamen

The leaning plane trees in Nantesí Botanic Gardens are a unique phenomenon in the plant kingdom. Manifested in their form for all to see is the one single dramatic representation of Nantesí shame. These plane trees represent the Honest Merchant Seamen hunting down the Forbes Brotherhood of Merchant Seamen, who refused to stop trading slaves in 1831. You canít fail to notice how this shame weighs down the trees more and more, with the evil features linked to this notorious tale.
The plane trees created this spectacular show of their own spontaneous volition. It has been interpreted thanks to a 5-year study by Marjory of Kent Plane trees are sensitive but slow trees. The Forbes Merchant Seaman, in his evil way, moves 12cm per year. His estimated time of arrival at the train station is 2645. Will he take the TGV? All hypotheses permitted.
Photos allowed. Keep trying with food. Showing compassion towards the Merchant Seaman Forbes is expressly forbidden