The Playful Pause: Djoseph and Françwès in Bronze

Les Escargots de Djoseph et Françwès is a delightful bronze sculpture in Namur that tells the tale of two beloved folk characters, Djoseph and Françwès, as they engage in a comical debate amidst a few unassuming snails and an intriguing cage. 

Djoseph and Françwès, bronze sculpture in Namur

This artwork is a window into the cultural heritage and gentle humor that defines Namur. Djoseph and Françwès, created by the imaginative mind of cartoonist Jean Legrand, made their debut in the pages of the newspaper "Vers L'Avenir." These characters quickly endeared themselves to readers with their playful antics and humorous escapades. 

In the statue, Djoseph and Françwès come to life in bronze, frozen in a moment of lively conversation. Djoseph, the wily and quick-witted character, and Françwès, his good-natured yet slower counterpart, provide a contrast that adds depth to their dynamic. The inclusion of snails in the scene, with one already safely nestled in a cage, and the other stubbornly resisting, adds an element of whimsy that's hard to resist. 

What makes this statue even more special is its symbolic representation of Namur itself. The snail, ever so leisurely in its movements, has become a symbol of the city. In Namur, life is not a rush; it's a leisurely stroll. People react slowly, speak at a measured pace, and savor each moment. Djoseph and Françwès, caught in their amusing debate, embody this unhurried charm that characterizes the city. 

As you wander through the streets of Namur, "Les Escargots de Djoseph et Françwès" invites you to pause, smile, and perhaps even reflect on the beauty of life's slower moments. It's a reminder that in a world that often rushes by, there's value in taking things at your own pace.

Location: Rue de la Monnaie, 5000 Namur, Belgium. 
Jurgen Huibers
Jurgen Huibers

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