The tragic events that have recently taken place in Paris, France have been the motivation that has drawn my attention to the city and its artistry. The symbol most people think about when they think of Paris is the Eiffel Tower. Paris, also known as the City of Lights, is known for its rich art, culture, museums, and monuments. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous French monuments, and has become the icon of the city, although it wasn’t intended to be a permanent structure.
The Eiffel Tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel along with Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier. Eiffel was an architect …show more content…
It was almost destroyed a second time during World War II when Hitler ordered it to be demolished. When the French received word that Hitler was going to the top of the tower they cut the cables to the elevators so the Nazis would have to climb the stairs.
The Eiffel tower is one of the most recognizable structures and is acknowledged as a unique work of modern art. As well as an outstanding technical achievement giving Gustave Eiffel the title as one of the greatest architects in France. It has more tourists than any other paid monument in the world, approximately seven million people per year. The Eiffel Tower is not only a beautiful work of art, but it is also …show more content…
Their claims were that the tower was not a form of art, but were insulting the design as “this truly tragic street lamp” and “this belfry skeleton” to mention just a few (Léon Bloy and Paul Verlaine). Once the tower was finished the protests died down in view of the completed masterpiece. The Eiffel Tower has inspired artists, poets, singers, photographers, choreographers, and film directors. Painters have made the tower into a favorite subject and artists continue to use it as a model.
The iron latticed design is located near the Seine, on the Champ de Mars to the west of the city. There are five billion lights on the Eiffel Tower with sparling lights that are superimposed over the golden lights that are made up of twenty thousand light bulbs. These lights come on for five minutes every hour on the hour when the tower has been lit up until one o’clock a.m.
Since Friday, November, 13, 2015 the lights on the Eiffel Tower have been turned off out of respect for the victims of the deadly shootings carried out by ISIS attackers. The lights will remain off for three consecutive days of mourning, and the tower will remain closed until further notice. French artist and illustrator Jean Jullien, moments after learning of the horrific events that just happened in Paris, took out his pen and paper. While overwhelmed with grief he drew the Eiffel Tower standing in the middle of a peace