Art: Switch in Biarritz

Switch in Biarritz The Empress Eugenie always loved Biarritz, and Biarritz felt the same way about Eugenie. Until World War II, a bas-relief sculpture of her stood on the town's seaside boulevard; then the Germans carted it away for scrap metal. Biarritz somehow didn't look right without her. This spring, the city fathers signed up a 28-year-old Chilean sculptor named Juan Luis Cousino to carve a new statue. The sculptor's advance design was perfect: a gay, wasp-waisted Eugenie in swirling crinolines. Last week the city fathers were hopping mad. They had their statue, but...

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