In a city famous for haute food and fashion, two creative pursuits we often associate with “coloring outside the lines”, there is an unmistakable grounding in symmetry evident all over Paris. The trees in the garden at the Palais-Royal are the perfect example: so neatly trimmed, not to mention planted in a ramrod-straight line, and mirrrored by another neat row thus creating a perfectly aligned channel through the garden. No limbs growing willy-nilly here.
The black-and-white striped pillars in the Palais’s courtyard really ramp up the symmetry factor. Installed in 1986 as one of the first contemporary displays in the very historical center of Paris, it caused an uproar but has since become a favorite of Parisians. (Eiffel Tower anyone?)
This little speed demon is plotting his next move in his race through the aisles of pillars.
And he wasn’t the only one enjoying the obstacle course. Moms and tots were playing tag while the taller columns served perfectly for a game of hide-and-seek. The courtyard became a concrete playground in the middle of Paris. Who knew symmetry could be so much fun?
Bon week-end toute le monde!