In 1989 in Arles, the much revered bullfighter Nimeño II was hurled into the air by a bull named Pañolero. He landed on his head, fractured his cervical vertebrae and suffered paraplegia. An extensive period of rehabilitation returned the use of his legs and right arm, but his left arm remained paralyzed. In late1991, Nimeño II committed suicide.
A few bullfighting arenas have been named after Nimeño II, commemorative plaques have been dedicated and this statue of him has been erected outside the Nîmes arena.
Not a sport I agree with or have ever attended, but it is a striking statue.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 3 August 2018
Posted as part of Weekend B&W