Thursday, December 1, 2011

La Tour Eiffel, with a coat of living plants?


From Place de Catalogne, la Tour suddenly came into view.  When you look at this historical structure, can you imagine it clothed in green plants?  There is a company "Ginger" which is proposing to drape the tower with a mantle of 600,000 plants.  The story was leaked in Le Figaro, that there would be 12 tons of tubing attached to the tower's struts.  "Thousands of hemp or sack-cloth bags would carry soil and a large variety of plants would be added gradually over the second half of 2012." 

Can you imagine la Tour covered in living plants from head to toe? 


La Tour Eiffel, without a coat of plants
seen from Place de Catalogne
75014 Paris

23 comments:

martinealison said...

Je suis curieuse de pouvoir voir ça!... Rendez-vous donc en 2012...
Gros bisous

Ps : J'oubliais l'essentiel! Merci Génie pour ce magnifique tirage photographique...
Gros bisous again

Joe said...

It would certainly be a huge task and something to see. I wonder how the would water them all.

s.c said...

I should say wait and see.

biebkriebels said...

Some ideas have to remain ideas. Hands off.

brattcat said...

this gives 'hanging gardens' a whole new twist.

Milton Ostetto said...

sera que ficaria bonito?

SRQ said...

Nice capture. Some people will come up with any idea for publicity.

Virginia said...

Ummmmmmmmmm non. WEll we'll see h ow that pans out won't we! :)
V

Sylvia K said...

I love plants and greenery, but not there!!! Where on earth to people get such ideas???? Hands off indeed!

Sylvia

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Hummmm... Plants all over la Tour Eiffel, like on the façade of nearby Musée Branly? Hmmm... I say let the Old Lady be. Not sure Monsieur Eiffel would approve either. Veronique - (French Girl in Seattle)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Nope, I don't even want to think of it that way Genie..it's just too classic to tamper with.

Maria O. Russell said...

What? Cover the tower with plants?

My sister(a true Parisian and a banker) often tells me about this beautiful country´s economy.

What about orchids? They are not only aerials, they are very expensive...

Pet said...

I think it would look nice. Time for a change in Paris? :-)

Haddock said...

Now that I have been there and spend some time around it (except go up) I can imagine how it would be in that greenery.

Rob and Mandy said...

Love the idea!
Didn't know there was a place de Catalogne in Paris! There is a Plaza de Catalunya here in BCN, but no Plaza de Paris I'm aware of.

Amanda said...

it would be amazing to see, but i wonder if it would be good structurally for an old building to have all the extra weight on it?

Alexa said...

Can't quite decide if that would be an interesting idea or just plain wrong. (I didn't understand why some people objected to Christo and Jeanne-Claude's 7,500 gates in Central Park—but I'm beginning to.)

Starman said...

The last information I read indicated it was a hoax.

Randy said...

I'd rather they left it as it is.

Harriet said...

I vote NO. She's too classy a structure to have the sleek lines of her silhouette changed!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Love the comments and if I were talented with Photoshop I would have applied some green plants to this photo to give you an idea of how it might look, but you all have imagination.

I checked just now, and this is no hoax, but the story is that there are companies and people always dreaming up ideas such as this. The story was leaked and the company (Ginger) said that they had been working on this for two years. The plants, if this plan were approved, would remain until 2016... Uh, don't hold your breath on approval for this project.

Can you imagine how many pigeons would hang out in the plants? Would you want to walk under la Tour?

Bises,
Genie

Palomasea said...

Hee..good point about the pigeons, Genie!

Interesting idea, I'm on the fence, I guess.
xo,
- Irina

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

One of my favorite sayings is: Just because you CAN do something does not mean that you SHOULD do something..... here's a perfect example...