A giant bronze thumb is installed outside the Pompidou Centre. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A giant thumb sculpture by late French artist Cesar Baldaccini, known as Cesar, was installed outside Paris' Georges Pompidou modern art museum on November 28 ahead of an exhibition on the sculptor. Cesar's "Le Pouce" (The Thumb), a 6-metre (20-foot) high bronze mould of the renowned artist's thumb, weighs six tonnes. It's the second thumb sculpture by the artist on the streets of Paris, as a 12-metre (40-foot) high original can also be found in the city's financial heart at La Defense. The sculpture will remain outside the museum throughout a retrospective exhibition on Cesar as the Pompidou marks the 20th anniversary of the artist's death. Cesar was associated with France's New Realist movement in the 1960s, and was known for playfully transforming industrial society's materials. He specialized in crushed cars and extravagant sculptures and often enlarged common consumerist objects. The Pompidou's exhibition runs from December 13 until March 26.