Pistols, bayonet, safe, motorcycle tank, jewelry and car keys… The young Raphaël, aged 11, has been exhibiting since Saturday September 18 his most unusual finds fished at the bottom of the Seine. His “little museum” is housed in two containers placed on the banks of the Seine at the foot of the Musée d'Orsay, in Paris. Equipped with a magnet and a grappling hook, this Parisian schoolboy has been cleaning up the waters of Paris for almost two years, helped by his father. "In fact, it is the town hall which has the idea of this exhibition on the quays", explains the boy, who prepared it with the help of the association Little Citizen For Climate.
Grouped into two containers made available by the city of Paris, these oddities caught in the Seine are sometimes everyday objects - sets of keys, a camera, children's toys - and sometimes more unexpected finds.
This is the case of two revolvers of which "one resembles that of James Bond", specifies the pre-teenager, of a bayonet, or even of a "fractured" safe.
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A second container contains some of the many bicycles, scooters and caddies found by Raphaël and his father during their two years of magnet fishing. "We fished out more than 300 bikes and 63 caddies", specifies the boy, who also wishes to raise awareness about water pollution through this temporary exhibition. “We can't imagine all that we can find in the Seine, surprised Claire, who discovers the“ little museum of Raph ”with her two daughters. “When you see everything you pick up, it's true that it makes you want to participate! », Adds the young woman.
"We, in our small museum, we must have 150 to 200 pieces, but we think we have caught more than 15 tonnes since we started", specifies Alexandre, Raphael's father.
At the end of their magnet fishing sessions, the father and his son contact the town hall of Paris or make a report on the website of the town hall of Paris "In my street" so that she can come and collect the bulk of the objects. found.
Located 8 port of Solférino, in Paris, the "little museum of Raf" is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.