Abstract world - La Défense district, Paris
In the foreground can be seen "Stabile” sculpture of Alexander Calder - Paris - La Défense - (1976)
1898–1976, American sculptor, b. Philadelphia; son of a prominent sculptor, Alexander Stirling Calder. Among the most innovative modern sculptors, Calder was trained as a mechanical engineer. In 1930 he went to Paris and was influenced by the art of Mondrian and Miró. In 1932 he exhibited his first brightly colored constellations, called mobiles, consisting of painted cut-out shapes connected by wires and set in motion by wind currents. The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, has several examples. These buoyant inventions and his witty wire portraits, his colorful and complex miniature zoo (1925; Whitney Mus., New York City), and his immobile sculptures known as stabiles, have brought Calder world renown. Many of his later works are huge, heavy, and delicately balanced mobiles produced for public buildings throughout the world. Calder is also noted for his book illustrations and stage sets. He had studios in Roxbury, Conn., and Paris.
La Défense is the prime high-rise office district of Paris. Many of Paris's tallest buildings can be found here.
A Forest of Towers
In 1951, the Défense site was chosen as an office center. In 1958, development of the area was started by a special agency, the Etablissement Public d'Aménagement de la Défense.
The first plan had 2 rows of skyscrapers of equal height. In 1964, a plan was approved to have 20 office towers of 25 stories each. Little of the development on the Défence was actually built according to this plan, as most companies started to press for taller office towers.
The result is a mix of mostly cheap towers of different heights. The tallest of them, the GAN tower, measured 179 meters (589 ft). The height of several towers, and in particular the GAN tower caused a public outcry as the 'forest of towers' disturbs the view on the Arc de Triomphe as seen from the Etoile. Partly in response to this criticism a new monument was built at the entrance of the Défense as a counterweight for the Arc de Triomphe: The Tête Défense , also known as the Grande Arche de la Défense.
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besnard (56597) 2012-08-01 2:44
Cette sculpture moderne et colorée capte le regard avec les constructions modernes au second plan. Du bon travail.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
Highmountains (2674) 2012-08-01 2:47
A beautifully taken photograph ! I have looked at this in 3 distinct parts - the "Stabile" in red rich in parabolic curves with angles within - The finely taken "Forest of Towers" with distinct geometirc rightangles - and - thirdly - the azure sky where light white fluffy clouds appear on both sides of the tower. Good POV. Nice Framing.
holmertz (54315) 2012-08-01 2:49
There's nothing like a bright red foreground, and it's even better when it's a fine and interesting sculpture like this. This "monument" has some very intricate curves and details. The background glass skyscraper is equally attractive and catches a lot of fine reflections.
Very well seen and composed.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-08-01 2:57
an impressive and amazing composition this. The sense of scale is superb here and the detailing so irresistible. The contrast of colours here are so wonderful and the overall effect quite beautiful. Bravo!
Best wishes - Brian.
annjackman (21899) 2012-08-01 2:58
The red sculpture against the modern glass clad buildings gives super visual impact. The small figures show the large scale. Wonderful clarity and framing.
Kind Regards, Ann
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-08-01 3:32
Hello George - Calder's work looks perfect in this environment of concrete and glass and you have captured it very appealingly in situ. The red is vibrant and eye-catching against the silvery toned buildings and blue sky. A fine composition with beautifully crisp detailing and light that emphasises shape and form. Warm regards rosemary
snunney (100774) 2012-08-01 3:43
The massive red sculpture sits well providing an interesting contrast with the modern architecture. I like how the three blocks in the background step back from each other, giving the image depth. Good colour contrasts and excellent clarity.
JFS (32459) 2012-08-01 3:44
A crystal clear image, with modern architecture and lovely composition, I love it!
Royaldevon (39740) 2012-08-01 3:48
This is a stunning shot!
The red, modern sculpture commands f/g attention, it is vivid and sharp. It makes the perfect accompaniment to the buildings beyond, equally modern and bringing lovely blues to the scene.
The dof is perfect for the viewers to access all the details.
Have a lovely day,
jemaflor (98771) 2012-08-01 3:57
Well seen this good shot from tghis pov, interesting colors contrast, perfect light and sharpness management.
Sergiom (81809) 2012-08-01 5:32
J'aime beaucoup la construction de l'image. Tu as su résister à la tentation de centrer l'élément rouge dans l'image ce qui laisse de l'espace aux buildings derrière.
npecanhuk (75592) 2012-08-01 6:20
Very beautiful and interesting modern architecture details!
Very attractive picture with excellent overall photo quality!
TFS - congrats,
rbellemare (2109) 2012-08-01 7:31
Very nice architectural picture. The art structure in front add some colours to a otherwise monochrome picture. But to me the best features of this picture are the three towers rising behind the front building.
Great POV and sharpness.
cornejo (43545) 2012-08-01 10:12
György Hi, this is a pretty picture of this lovely view of the sculpture interesting and beautiful buildings. I like this pretty picture made with good technique and quality. A good and nice work perfectly, so congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Best regards and best wishes.
Gerrit (52097) 2012-08-01 13:45
beautiful architecture and artworks. Great colours and a very good composition.
carlo62 (50101) 2012-08-01 14:52
l'imponente installazione contrasta in modo spettacolare con le architetture, sia per forma sia per colore.
I vetri dei palazzi riflettono il cielo in modo splendido.
danos (99257) 2012-08-01 23:02
Good morning George,
nice the red art construction with the name of 'Abstract world'.
I like the way that outlined against the glass building at its back as the great light and colour management of the image.
Have a good day,Danos
jjcordier (79297) 2012-08-01 23:06
Excellente mise en image de l'araignée de la Défense dont la couleur rouge contraste superbement avec les couleurs du ciel se reflétant dans les tours Total. Une photo de très belle qualité.
siamesa (28121) 2012-08-02 2:15
Bom dia george
The visual effect caused bu the red color is fantastic. Excellent point of view and a very good photo.
dkmurphys (60031) 2012-08-02 3:20
Very fine modern composition. I like the colors and the shapes. Well seen.
francio64 (39888) 2012-08-02 4:39
immagine che si concentra su grafismo e cromatismo.
Gradisco in particolar modo il contrasto cromatico tra il rosso dell scultura in FG e il blu generale della scena.
Well done and TFS!
tedesse (25135) 2012-08-02 15:30
Interesting POV and composition showing a beautiful modern architecture and the sculpture of Alexander Calder Stabile - Paris - La Défense in the foreground. Superb colours and light, perfect sharpness.
Silvio1953 (145645) 2012-08-03 0:56
Ciao George, great view of fantastic architecture, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): La Défense district in Paris [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-01 2:42