Monday, May 23, 2005

Fontaine Stravinski near Beaubourg Center


On the side of the Beaubourg Center in the 3rd arrondissement you cannot miss this fountain which is really extraordinary (well according to me...). It's real name is "la fontaine Stravinski" (and not Beaubourg Fountain as everybody calls it!) for it is located Place Stravinski and it was created in 1982-83 by Jean Tinguely and his wife Niki de Saint Phalle.

10 comments:

  1. Quite amazing! The colors are unbelievable. It looks like a must see on my list for Paris.

    Rock

    ReplyDelete
  2. Je déteste toujours autant ce type d'art... Comparé aux arches gothiques juste derrière, ces trucs colorés sont quand même faiblards... On verra bien s'ils sont encore là dans 500 ans...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yes Rock, it's a must see! In fact you will find many of these sculptures in Paris for the artist who makes them (and who is also a painter) - Niki de Saint Phalle - is very famous here.

    Thanx for all previous comments. I am just back from Barcelona and discovered them.

    > Jean-Michel. Et oui j'ai du stock! Mais bon ça va commencer à sépuiser... J'ai presque acheté uin appareil ce week-end mais je n'ai pas trouvé exactement ce que je voulais.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Many Gothic arches are of course beautiful, but many are not. So it is with modern art. Who knows if the fountain will be here in 500 years, but time alone does not make for fine art or architecture.

    Just as much crap was produced 500 years ago as is produced today. The only thing that the antique crap has going for it is the passage of time; and so therefore it is often considered valuable just because of its antiquity. Many antique paintings and sculptures are garbage but are still valuable… and of course one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure.

    Rock

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yes Rock, I totally agree with you. Crap is a point of vue...
    And man creates crap since he is man...
    In fact, what bother me (is that good english ???) is the melting between old and new things. I can understand people love those St-Phalle creations. But why put them there ? I think they will be better in places specially created for them.
    Maybe I'm a little bit "integrist" with art... But I'm an old man, isn't it Eric ? :-)

    ReplyDelete
  6. isdio -

    Thanks for your reply, as I understand your point of view much better now. Perhaps the fountain could have been placed in a more appropriate place. I am not familiar with the location, so my whole perspective was focused on the bright colors and movement.

    Thanks,

    Rock

    ReplyDelete
  7. ceci dit, on a fait un scandale (moi inclu) de la pyramide du louvre, a l'epoque, mais finalement je la trouve vraiment geniale. comme quoi...

    ReplyDelete
  8. Ah, so we will "segregate" all this "stuff" over there in the "crap getto?"

    This concept slaps of recent history auf Deutchland.

    ReplyDelete