Decoration is surprisingly fickle. It can be described as a useless ornament or a temporary adornment as well as an honorary distinction pinned onto a lapel in recognition of personal merit on behalf of the nation. Decoration is both a fruitless activity and minor victory symbol. Samuel Gassmann’s cufflinks (or decorations) like to lay claim to both of these aspects; they veer between the ceremonial and the useless.
A Parisian public park where Verlaine, astride his pedestal, watches over people. The Orangerie with its date palms and Seville orange trees offers shade. The Jardin de Luxembourg can be likened to a large green open-air sofa.