September 17th

September 17th, Place Vendome

Octagonal place Vendôme and the arcaded and colonnaded buildings around it were constructed between 1687 and 1721. In March 1796 Napoleon married Josephine, Viscountess Beauharnais, in the building at No 3. Today the buildings surrounding the square house the posh Hôtel Ritz Paris and some of the city’s most fashionable boutiques.

The 43.5m-tall Colonne Vendôme (Vendôme Column) in the centre of the square consists of a stone core wrapped in a 160m-long bronze spiral made from hundreds of Austrian and Russian cannons captured by Napoleon at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805. The statue on top depicts Napoleon in classical Roman dress.
photo: Web photo)

As we visited the elegant Place Vendome on an overcast and drizzly day, we were treated to an uplifting set of sculptures place around the large pedestrian area of the Place. The poster above told us that the sculptor was Li Chen and that the exhibit would be in Place Vendome for most of September 2013. Lucky us! Taiwanese sculptor Li Chen's artistic style incorporates Eastern philosophy of Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist traditions with contemporary thought. We found his works to be simply delightful.

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