Place de la Concorde looks a bit different at the moment. Some “cubes” have been added. They will be there until the end of the month.
The French company “Saint Gobain”, originally a mirror manufacturer – in competition with Venice - has chosen this way to celebrate its 350th anniversary. Under its original name of “Manufacture Royale de Glaces et Miroirs” (Royal glass-mill factory) the company produced e.g. the glass and mirrors for the Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles Palace (see previous posts). I’m not going to tell the long history of the company, only to say that today it employs some 200,000 people worldwide in a product range which includes construction and packaging products as well as different innovating materials. This is what Saint Gobain wants to show by these different pavilions, going under the names Colour, Look, Create and Listen. If you were willing to queue up you could go inside. The exhibition is on a worldwide tour.
The installation also included special light and framing of one of the fountains (see previous posts about Place de la Concorde here).
A special pavilion gave short explanations regarding the company.
Before leaving Place de la Concorde, I had a brief look at the Tuileries Gardens (see previous posts here), its (partly) square trees and the Jean Dubuffet sculpture – “Le bel costumé”.
Once on Place de la Concorde I could not avoid walking up the lower part of the Champs Elysées (see previous posts here). The yearly exhibition of contemporary art (FIAC – “Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporaine”) took place last weekend. The main place for the exhibition is the “Grand Palais” (see previous posts here)…
… but it also occupies “tents” along the Champs Elysées. Too late this year, but if you want to buy a Picasso, Miro, Basquiat… this is the place to go.