Monumental Updates Posted by Tim Hildreth on Jul 20, 2021 in Culture, News
It’s a big week for some of the world’s most recognized monuments. After last week’s celebrations commemorating Bastille Day/le 14 juillet, there’s more big news this week concerning the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Let’s check out these monumental updates.
Let’s start at the top … or as close to the top as you can get in Paris!
The end of the 9-month closure, the longest since World War II, était un vrai bol d’air pour les touristes et le personnel.2was a real breath of fresh air for tourists and employees
While capacity will be reduced, and masks and proof of vaccination will be required, everything about the tower including the ascenseurs hydrauliques3hydraulic elevators, had to be made ready to accommodate the tourists.
Back in May, the company Energy Observer, in partnership with Français Air Liquide, demonstrated the future of energy by lighting the tower up with a light show alimentée par de l’hydrogéné décarboné.4powered by decarbonated hydrogen You can check it out here.
L’Arc de Triomphe
Paris’s other iconic monument, l’Arc de Triomphe, is about to get a makeover of sorts.
Timed to fit between the end of the Tour de France5Retrouvez les highlights and see who won here. and the commemorations of le 11 novembre, a team representing the artist Cristo – who wrapped le Pont Neuf in fabric back in 1985 – will use 3,000 meters of red cord to wrap the arch in 25,000 meters of silvery blue fabric.
From le 18 juillet, “[t]rois équipes se relaieront 24 heures sur 24 pour achever [l’installation]. […] Quant au démontage il devra se faire en six jours“.6July 18th, three teams will work 24/7 to complete the installation. As for the removal, it should take just 6 days. The final work will be on view du samedi 18 septembre au dimanche 3 octobre 2021.7from Saturday September 18 to Sunday October 3, 2021
There was a fun little addition to last week’s Bastille Day celebrations on the Champs-Elysées when un soldat français a fait sa demande en mariage avant le defile du 14 juillet! 9a French soldier delivered his mariage proposal before the July 14th parade You can see the proposal … and the crowds reaction … here.
A monumental gaffe
The 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival ended Saturday with the traditional distribution of awards. The ceremony generally ends with the awarding of the Palme d’Or to the meilleur film but this year it started that way when the Jury president, Spike Lee, accidently announced the winner pretty much right off the bat! Check it out here.
- 1Friday, July 16
- 2was a real breath of fresh air for tourists and employees
- 3hydraulic elevators
- 4powered by decarbonated hydrogen
- 5Retrouvez les highlights and see who won here.
- 6July 18th, three teams will work 24/7 to complete the installation. As for the removal, it should take just 6 days.
- 7from Saturday September 18 to Sunday October 3, 2021
- 8She said yes …
- 9a French soldier delivered his mariage proposal before the July 14th parade
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