La Tour Eiffel

La Tour Eiffel, a landmark of latticed iron in the centre of Paris, draws people with its irresistible elegance and monumental scale. It is built and big - we humans flock to gaze and wonder at its form and strength, often in unconscious and instinctive hope that some small part of its power might rub off. It is our collective genie's lamp.

La Tour Eiffel was originated by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, two senior engineers at Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel. Stephen Sauvestre added decorative arches to the base of the plans, a glass pavilion to the first level, and other embellishments. Gustave Eiffe purchased the rights of the design and went on to receive all income from the commercial exploitation of the tower...

The countless pictures and photos of La Tour Eiffel do not lessen its impact as you approach it in the flesh. I wanted to express its scale in a large artwork that does not lend itself well to reproduction on a web site. You will find a small reproduction above, and two extracts from the artwork below.