Digital waterfall on the Grand Palais


The Grand Palais’s facade has beeen transformed for Art Paris Art Fair 2015.

The iconic Parisian exhibition hall has had three different videos projected on its facade.

The Art Paris Art Fair selected TeamLab, Dominic Harris, and Mounir Fatmi for the project.

The art collective TeamLab turned the Grand Palais into a cascade of running water, as pictured.

Watch the installation below and let us know what you think.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/123198826

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Innovative concrete wave built in Paris


A concrete wave has been built in Paris suburbia.
Concrete wave


Espace Bienvenüe in Marne-la-Vallée has a very innovative structure, thanks to techniques used in bridge construction.

Designed by architect Jean-Philippe Pargade, the wave houses a laboratory, in which scientists and engineers can develop the future of urban spaces through improvements in transport and energy management.

The building also includes a relaxation space on the roof, with wooden huts designed by Tadashi Kawamata.

Take a closer look at the wave here.

White ‘bubbles’ bursting out of ordinary landscapes


A French photographer unveiled a series of photographs that feature white balloons bursting out of empty spaces. Bubbles

Charles Pétillon created ‘Invasion’, in which each photo represents a metaphor, aiming to change our perception of the supposedly ordinary scenes we encounter.

This series will be exhibited at Maison Européene de la Photographie in Paris until March 22, 2015.

Watch Petillon’s stunning work below and let us know what you think.

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Urban experiments for ‘ghost’ Metro stations


A Paris Mayoral candidate has pledged to repurpose disused Metro stations if she is elected, offering a range of interesting suggestions for the spaces.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet commissioned Oxo Architectes and Nicolas Laisné Associés to produce ideas for the renovation of the stations, including plans for an art gallery, a restaurant and even an underwater swimming pool.

The plans used Arsenal station (near Bastille) as an example, which closed at the outbreak of the Second World War and never reopened.

Paris has several out-of-use and never-opened Metro stops, and Kosciusko-Morizet would consult the public for more ambitious ideas if she wins the election next month. However, RATP (France’s public transport operator) raised concerns about the cost and safety of permanently repurposing the stations.

The London Underground also has ‘ghost’ stations, such as the original Shepherd’s Bush station, British Museum and Aldwych, which has been used for several films – would you like to see this kind of plan for our transport network?

Take a look at some of the ideas here.

Open the door to a new city in Paris


Railway company SNCF created this ad campaign that sends pedestrians to other European cities – simply by opening a door.

This campaign was facilitated by scattering a series of doors with the names of European cities on them around Paris.

Once opened the doors displayed real-time events happening in those cities.

This fun campaign gave French pedestrians the chance to have their portrait sketched in Brussels, watch a mime performance in Milan and much more!

Take a look at the campaign in the video below, and tell us if you would like to find these doors in a city near you!

Giant sculpture reinvigorates Russian landscape


Russian artist Nikolay Polissky has created this tubular sculpture which dominates the rural Russian landscape it is set in.

The project is called ‘Beaubourg’, after the oldest part of Paris and owes its inspiration for the design to the city’s architecturally renowned Pompidou Centre.

The structure itself is made by using an ancient Russian technique of birch weaving to create a labyrinth of interwoven birch twigs.

As you can see the result is a 22 metre-high sculpture that is difficult to miss.

Find out more about this project here, and let us know what you think of this new architectural landmark. 

New app relives iconic film images in modern Paris


French film lovers will love this new app called ‘Cinemacity‘, which allows users to relive iconic moments from films shot in Paris. 

It’s been made in collaberation between Arte, Small Bang and the Paris City Hall.

The app allows users to track the locations of moments from famous films and then see them through the lens of their phone, users can also submit their own take on a film shot in Paris.

‘Cinemacity’ is available to download and can be found here, or you can see it in action in this video below.

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