Monday, January 11, 2010

The new Buren columns


If you came to Paris you've probably seen the Colonnes de Buren, a piece of art made of several columns located in le Palais Royal. Whatever one may think about these columns (they were - and still are - pretty controversial when they were erected in the first place in 1986) they needed to be redone (as I already mentioned here). And here they are. Brand new! To be honest I did not notice much difference, but there must be one!

31 comments:

  1. I thought they were left over Christmas decorations waiting to be packed away. Are they red and white?

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  2. I'm wondering what the difference is too. But it IS a cool photo, especially in b&w (which is what color these are, Nadege).

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  3. what a striking photo....one that an art teacher could use to teach perspective and form....love the tilt on it...

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  4. The difference is snow was added, silly! ;-)

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  5. thx for the memories! i remember having my picture taken sitting on one of those columns about 20 yrs ago!

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  6. Now that they have been redone I suppose my photos made in 2004 are out of date! ???

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  7. I remember seeing a faded black color on the columns, but they must have done more than paint them since the restoration took so long.
    I used to have a perspective drawing lesson when I taught Elem. school art. This would have been a PERFECT illustration for me to use, Donna!

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  8. Perspective and form (ala Donna) are what the Buren Columns are all about. It is an odd work. You can like it or not, but it does elicit an emotional as well as a visual and vocal response. Buren accomplished his goal.

    There is not much anyone could do that would prevent me from loving le Jardin de Palais Royal.

    Will I ever see it again? Only the Shadow knows....

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  9. Agree Eric, don't see much change from the pre-restoration ones except for the snow. Aren't these also controversial as the artist wants royalties for their depiction on postcards or something? I think I saw a documentary or news piece on it, but can't remember.

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  10. This scene is so perfect that it almost looks like part of a beautiful toy village.

    Eric, if YOU don't see a difference, I have to wonder whether it is a significant one.

    Thanks for sharing this sight with us!

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  11. this is so neat. I would love to see this in person.
    Some day...!

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  12. It's a shame they put them back. «Louis» hates these almost as much as he hates that infamous Lego structure on bad drugs a.k.a. Centre Pompidou.
    ;-(

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  13. IMO, the "artist" who came up with the idea should be shot.

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  14. WOOOW the lines!
    The snow again and the contrast.
    And... a little feeling of vertigo caused by the horizon line, which tilts gently.
    No, not much difference to me neither but that was mostly a matter of maintenance, I guess.
    Grey scale, gray balance. That suits fine with the grey weather we have today in Paris. I miss the blue and the gold but okay it is winter ;)

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  15. I am so glad the Colunnes are open again! They are so beautiful in the snow.

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  16. Yes I remember them as they were similar to some buoys we have in Tewkesbury. I'm not keen on this as art actually :(

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  17. Chuck -- your 2004 shots would definitely be outdated. Guess that means you'll just have to go back to Paris for a redo.

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  18. This is awesome, one of my favourite sites!

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  19. Hi Eric, yet another superb photo great composition I really love great photo as this

    Cheers,
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  20. It looks like if the Paris blog lovers (Virginia and I) has joined you for a Palais Royal theme day as we all 3 put photos of Buren columns !

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  21. Eric, vos photos sont encroyables!
    Mariana - Brésil

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  22. I don't see a difference.....but I for one am glad because I liked them just as they were! We are also fans of the stacks of large xilver gazing balls in the next courtyard....


    Sean

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  23. I don't quite understand this art installation, but then again nothing is meant to please everyone. I'll reserve final judgment for when I see it in person, which I have not yet.

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  24. I remember visiting this site on one of my Paris visits. I didn't "get" the idea of the place, but I liked it. It looks the same as our photos so I will have to be sure and make a return visit next time we are in Paris. Which, I hope, will be this spring.

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  25. Je fais partie de ceux qui haïssent cette oeuvre... du moins surtout son emplacement. Je suis d'autant plus scandalisée de la masse d'argent engloutie par la restauration d'une oeuvre vieille de 20 ans seulement (c'est dire la qualité de réalisation du départ) quand on voit les sublimes, historiques et intemporels bâtiments du Palais-Royal tomber en quenouille et péniblement restaurés par tranche ... quand ils sont restaurés.... le plus souvent on les recouvre d'emplâtres en contreplaqué en attendant des subsides qui n'ont pourtant pas manqué pour l'orgueilleux Mr Buren !!!!
    Je n'avais pas encore vu le résultat... et pensais que ces travaux n'en finiraient jamais...

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  26. Difference ??? There must be one difference !!!!
    It costed more than 5 million euros to renovate the columns ....

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  28. Il y a deux différences essentielles.

    1° Il y avait une circulation d'eau au niveau inférieur, circulation qui a cessé de fonctionner très tôt, quelques années à peine l'œuvre finie.

    2° Il y avait des lampes rouges et vertes encastrées dans le bitume et qui, elles aussi, avaient cessé d'être visibles (la nuit) depuis une quinzaine d'années.

    Il y a eu réfection de l'étanchéité des sous-sols qui recouvrent des salles de répétition de la Comédie Française.

    Ça ne se voit pas mais il fallait faire ces travaux.

    Je suis très content que cette œuvre ait été restaurée.

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