No more than a couple of years ago, I sent my niece on a quest in Europe: The Eiffel Tower Poster Mission.
She was already, under a foreign student program, living in Paris and, since she is a very good photographer, I wanted her to help me find the perfect spot for some pictures I would later use as inspiration and maybe an underpainting layer for a digital painting .
She is also a pretty good writer and I asked her if she could write some very short essays about her Eiffel landmark adventures and what she felt about them.
I had been to Paris long before that. It was in the late 60’s and the early 70’s while on trips with my mother. Once again, mom was a guide for art history tourism. We traveled around Paris and its outskirts quite a bit during those 2 trips.
To me, the Eiffel Tower has always felt like a huge steel Christmas tree. It also seemed like a topsail for alien pirates.
Unfortunately, I felt memories of the Eiffel Tower were very polluted by images I had seen on pictures and in movies and I was not sure of being able to give an intimate interpretation of a place I actually had been to but did not remember well.
I came up with this crazy idea and told my niece what my memory impressions were… What I felt about being there with my late mother, etc…. Some sort of virtual psychotherapy brainstorming to help her see the place through my mind… or whatever…
I used all the materials she sent me to create the image you see here.
Receiving over 7 million visitors day, The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France.
Constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, owner of the company that designed and built it.
Maybe the most recognizable structure in the world., it was initially criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become a cultural world landmark ever since.
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