It was on March 31, 1889 that Gustave Eiffel led an entourage of government officials and members of the press up to the top of his new creation, officially opening the monument known as the Eiffel Tower. The tower has since become the most famous symbol of Paris, and the country of France itself. So iconic is the Eiffel Tower’s status that it’s almost impossible to believe that so many people didn’t want this “Awful Tower” built in the first place. And that includes some of Eiffel’s fellow artists….
We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects and passionate devotees of the hitherto untouched beauty of Paris, protest with all our strength, with all our indignation in the name of slighted French taste, against the erection … of this useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower … To bring our arguments home, imagine for a moment a giddy, ridiculous tower dominating Paris like a gigantic black smokestack, crushing under its barbaric bulk Notre Dame, the Tour Saint-Jacques, the Louvre, the Dome of les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, all of our humiliated monuments will disappear in this ghastly dream. And for twenty years … we shall see stretching like a blot of ink the hateful shadow of the hateful column of bolted sheet metal.
A 1,083 foot tall iron spire? Not in my backyard!!!!
Incidentally, while the tower itself is now in the public domain (but only since 1993!!!), it has been ruled by French courts that the illumination of the tower is a separate work of art that is still protected by copyright. So if you don’t see me post next week, it’s probably because I’m rotting in the Bastille for using that leadoff image…
And so before the gendarmes show up to arrest me, let’s use my last moments of freedom to answer Melanie’s Share Your World questions for this week!
What fictional family would you like to be part of?
The Manson family! Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that loving, caring, totally fun household?
Which band or artist would you like to play at your funeral or memorial service?
I wouldn’t want anyone coming to my funeral or memorial service. So I’d ask for these guys to play…
Preference. Popcorn, M&Ms or other. Choose something you love snacking on.
I generally keep some combination of Hershey’s with almonds, Kisses, Reese’s, Kit Kats, etc. on hand in the freezer. Yes, the freezer, because chocolate candy is only edible if it’s frozen.
If you could be any supernatural (fantasy) character, what would you be?
How about a cerberus, the three-headed hellhound that was the guardian of Hades in the days of the ancient Greeks? Not only would I look completely badass, but I could bite people who got too close to me, eat frozen chocolate bars, and lick my balls all at the same time!
Please share the best advice you’ve ever gotten which you feel ought to be shared with everyone.
The best advice can only be obtained for $500 an hour and not be shared with anyone due to attorney/client privilege…