Monday, September 13, 2010

Smile, you're on camera


I witnessed a very weird scene under the Eiffel Tower last weekend... I saw a group of people, all dressed in the same red T-shirt, drawing a human circle under the tower in a very organized way. I then discovered they all belong to the famous French engineering school Polytechnique (one of the most prestigious schools in France) and that they were trying to drawn a smile that someone was obviously observing and photographing from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower! I looked everywhere on the web to see if I could see the result and for what purpose they did that, but I did not find anything. Too bad for it's a cool idea anyway.

14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful photo Eric. I would be interesting to see it from above.

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  2. That IS a great idea! I used to live across the street from the Ecole Polytechnique (back when it was located at the place de l"Ecole Polytechnique). Hope someone finds the photo they took—though this one is pretty cool too.

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  3. What a nice feeling this picture gives me.
    I bet ET SUZY arranged this outing, or the one Tall Gary showed us!

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  4. What fun! Must have been done for a reason...

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  5. They are so creative. Perhaps soon we will find smiles or phrases like ILOVEPARIS from the air.

    Regards

    Valery

    [Barcelona Daily Photo]

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  6. That looks like such fun! And to be a part of something larger than yourself is a great concept. I hope they remember this for a long time. Oh, and Eric, if you ever do find a link, please post it so we can see their "handi (foot?) work". :)

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  7. What fun! Hmmm...Polytechnique...sounds like picnique...
    Polytechnique, PDPicnique... the same rhythm and meter...
    people meeting at one place and time, big smiles...
    Where is a building near our quai that is tall enough to take a photo of all the people in formation...??

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  8. The illusion makes them look a little like British guards - am I right?

    I saw Anthony Bourdain's 100th No Reservations episode featuring Paris and it has turned me inside-out. Wish I was there with you...

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  9. I saw that show too, Anne. I wanted to jump on the next plane and eat at every restaurant he featured!

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  10. If it gets me a trip to the Eiffel Tower, I will wear a red t-shirt.

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  11. Looks like it could be a heart - but who knows! What a wonderful idea... and day to be up the Eiffel Tower.

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  12. So, this is what you need to do to get into polytechnique? No problem. I'm sure I can find a red tshirt somewhere around here ;)

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