For about 4000 years of so, the tallest man made structure was the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, with an original height of 481 feet. A few European cathedrals eventually topped out a bit higher than the pyramid, but they also didn’t reach heights much above 500 feet. Even the Washington Monument built in 1884 was only 555 feet high and only held the tallest structure title for 5 years. Then, in 1889, Gustave Eiffel built his tower as the entrance for the Paris World’s Fair, and in one fell swoop, almost doubled the height of the tallest building in the world with his tower topping out at 986 feet. The Eiffel Tower has since become one of the most recognizable buildings in the world and the defining icon for the City of Lights. For me, the Eiffel Tower is entwined with some of my best memories of visits to Paris over the past 17 years. Continue reading “My Memories of the Eiffel Tower”
Quilt Inspiration –Sometimes you come across a bolt of fabric and you just fall in love with it. That’s how I felt when I saw the print of the Paris skyline with the Eiffel Tower surrounded by spring flowers. I did not know how I would use it in a quilt design when I purchased two yards, but I had to have it. Ultimately, I took inspiration from the stained glass windows of many Gothic churches in Paris, and designed the quilt so that it looked like you were looking out of a window at the Eiffel tower with “stained glass” panels on either side.
Longarm Quilted by Quilts Everlasting.
Photographed in Paris with a view of the real Eiffel Tower.
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A view of Paris’s Eiffel Tower at dusk as seen through the Wall of Peace memorial at the south-east end of the Champ de Mars park.
The Mur de la Paix or Wall of Peace is a work of contemporary art put up in 2000 and represented entry into the third millennium. The structure is made up of twelve glass panels with the word PEACE written in 32 languages and 13 alphabets.
The Wall of Peace was originally designed to be up for only 4 months, but 17 years later it is still standing. When I walked by it this summer, it was fenced off, and reportedly is in need of repair. This photo was taken in 2011 when access to the glass walls was still open.
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