Le Tour Eiffel

February 22, 2010

I came across these blue prints today while browsing design is mine and was blown away by their beauty.  It reminded me again of how attracitve I can find industrial age iron work and the supreme irony that in its own time it was regarded as the height of ugly utilitarianism.  They just didn’t know how bad it could be.

For those unaware of the story, the Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 worlds fair in Paris.  The eponymous designer Gustav Eiffel had tried to have it built in Barcelona for the 1888 expostion but the planners rejected the design as ugly and pointless.  Although he did get it built in Paris, the plan was to have it disassembled again after the event as it was almost universally considered to be an eyesore.  The city government intended to take it town after its 20 year permit expired but … they had already found a use for it as a communication center (I’ve always wondered what this meant – probably radio.  It certainly wasn’t the world’s first cell tower.) so they let it stand and it gradually became one of the worlds great landmarks and certainly an icon of paris.

Delightful.  I personally think its quite beautiful although I found its steps somewhat intimidating when KJ and I climbed them together on our trip to Paris in 2007.


One Response to “Le Tour Eiffel”

  1. denisedthornton Says:

    It reminds me of a leaf I saw in the snow Sunday. One of those remnants from which all the pulpy part is gone and only a gray lattice work remains.
    The lace of the leaf.
    Alas, my camera battery had already frozen for the day.

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