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Saturday, February 16, 2013

In Paris, a Wall of 'I Love You'

"Ti amo." "Nian'-ni-né-sné-i-kou-nou." "Sé-rèt-lèk." "Daï-sou-ki." Those and hundreds of other I love you's litter a blue-tiled wall in the Abbesses garden at Montmartre. The sentiment, expressed in 250 languages, is meant to inspire peace and love; it covers 416 square feet. 
The wall was created by  "two artists as a rendezvous location for lovers and a lasting monument to eternal adoration." According to Frommers:
The piece of artwork was created by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito, who originally collected the phrase in notebooks by knocking on the doors of embassies and asking their neighbors until they had collected more than 300 languages all expressing the powerful sentiment of love.
As you might expect from such an ode to humanity, admission is free. A couple of images, below:


 The “I love you” wall stands at the center of the Abbesses garden at Montmartre, Paris, and covers a surface area of 40 square meters with a total of 612 tiles of enameled lava. The phrase “I love you” is written more than a thousand times in over 300 different languages.

The wall was created by two artists - Frederic Baron and Claire Kito - as a rendezvous location for lovers and a lasting monument to eternal adoration. The phrases were collected by Frederic Baron in notebooks by knocking on the doors of embassies and asking their neighbors until he had collected more than 300 languages all expressing the powerful sentiment of love. Frederic Baron then asked Claire Kito, an artist who practices oriental calligraphy, to assemble the script.

Says Frederic Baron: “The bursts of color on the fresco represent the pieces of a broken heart, the heart of a humanity so often torn apart and which the wall tries to gather together.” 03 more images after the break...





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