Place : Paris - Street's Scenes
Date: Oct. 17th/ 2019
Today's beautiful sunny day tempted us to take a break from the indoors of museums, and to linger out in the open streets and spaces between the Des Halls neighborhood and Pompidau center.
Though I plan to see, on another occasion, the special Francis Bacon exhibit at the Pompidou, we did enter the building for the stunning views of the city that can be seen from the roof-top, where the "George restaurant" is. We came-in via the ground floor "Stravinsky cafe" entrance, which saves the wait on the long lines, always formed at the main entrance's security checkpoint, and enjoyed like-children, taking the escalators up and down, through the see-through glassed tubes.
Back down at the street level, on Stravinsky Square you can not miss:
Created in 1983 by sculptors Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, and located just next to the Pompidou building, and Church of Saint-Merri, there is this colorful whimsical public fountain (shallow basin) ornamented with 16 works of sculpture, moving and spraying water, representing the works of composer Igor Stravinsky.
The sculptures in the fountain représente: L'Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), La Clef de Sol (the Musical Key of G) La Spirale (The Spiral)L'Elephant (The Elephant) Le Renard (The Fox) Le Serpent (The Serpent) La Grenouille (The Frog) La Diagonale (The Diagonal) La Mort (Death) La Sirène (The Mermaid) Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) L'Amour (Love) La Vie (Life) Le Cœur (The Heart)Le Chapeau de Clown (The Clown's Hat)
Street Green Statue
At the corner of rue Boucher and Saint Martin
The Green Statue "Renzo Piano" 2013 by Xavier Veilhan
Xavier Veilhan, born in 1963 and currently living and working in Paris
The Fountain on "Place Joachim du Bellay" Square
The 1574 Renaissance style "Fountain of Innocents" situated in the center of the city's heart square, (on Rue St. Dennis and rue Berger), which is named after "Joachim du Bellay", a French poet and literary critic (1522–1560), close by to Les Halles and the Pompidou Center.
The "Joachim du Bellay" square was built in 1787 on the location of the demolished "Saints Innocents" cemetery, and the monumental fountain is the the last still standing remnant of the cemetery.
Nelson Mandela Park by Des Halls
Passage de la Canopée Rues Rambuteau et Coquillère - Rue de Viarmes - Rue Berger
A fantastic open air garden adjacent to Des Halls (huge shopping center) from which the best views can be seen of the near by dominating 1532 Gothic "Eglise Saint Eustache" and the beautiful round "Burse de Commerce"
which is now the new exhibition space for the Pinault Collection.
The garden has a wonderful playground with many fun colorful structures and facilities for children to swing, climb on, and crewel under
And that's all for today folks.
To be continued...