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Just a couple of people on the stairs of the Grande Arche de la Défense. I cropped the shot to focus on these two people, increased contrast and resized. I know the shot is not 100% sharp, but I liked the color contrast resulting from the red coat and orange sweater and the black and white rest, so I decided to post it.

"La Grande Arche de la Défense (also La Grande Arche de la Fraternité) is a monument and building in the business district of La Défense and in the commune of Puteaux, to the west of Paris, France. It is usually known as the Arche de la Défense or simply as La Grande Arche.

The Arche is in the approximate shape of a cube (width: 108m, height: 110m, depth: 112m); it has been suggested that the structure looks like a hypercube (a tesseract) projected onto the three-dimensional world. It has a prestressed concrete frame covered with glass and Carrara marble from Italy and was built by the French civil engineering company Bouygues.

La Grande Arche was inaugurated in July 1989, with grand military parades that marked the bicentennial of the French revolution. It completed the line of monuments that forms the Axe historique running through Paris.

In addition, the Arche is placed so that it forms a secondary axe (axis) with the two highest buildings in Paris, the Tour Eiffel and the Tour Montparnasse."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grande_Arche

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