I wanted to share with you a great event in Paris (Oct 2013): The "Tour Paris 13" adventure.
If you take the French tube on the line 6 and then passes by Bercy stop, you will notice a strange building which stands out from the others : the "Tour Paris 13" 13th district Tower. It looks like someone had poured a giant bucket of orange paint on it. (see picture below)
|13th district Tower|
The second thing you will see is the huge crowd surrounding it. See the pic below.
Why are there so many people there just for an old building ?
Here is the story.
This old building dates back from the 60s and was meant to be demolished but an artist M. Ben Cheikh in charge of the "Itinerance gallery" (that organized the event) was given permission by the 13th district's town hall of Paris to use it as an artistic playground. Eventually no less than about a 100 artists went inside to express themselve freely.
7 months later, the building became the "Tour Paris 13". For a month, people could visit the tower. As a consequence more than 15000 people visited it. Getting inside was really hard, I mean really really hard. You need the patience of a Jedi which means at least a 6 hours and a half wait for an one hour visit.
Why ? would you ask me.
For security reason. No more than 50 persons at a time could get inside to avoid unwanted accidents. Everyday people were lined up all around the building, hoping to visit the tower. Some even tried several times before they could get inside as it opens at 12 o'clock to 8pm only.
|Teenagers playing badmington to pass the time.|
The exhibition is now over. The tower will be demolished soon as wanted Ben Cheikh. The purpose is to accept that everything has a beginning and an end, nothing lasts forever.
Getting inside the Monster
Once you get inside, the first impression you have is that you litteraly stepping into a whole new universe. For exampke, the scenery below is really amazing. When you step into that room you become the witness of another time and space where everything has been blown up except this table and chair.
As you can see, the artists really used all the angles available to express themselves. The "Universe of Arthur Rimbaud" in the back. Everything from the ground to the roof were used. There were no limit except the artists themselves!