How to approach an old friend
I have been going to Paris pretty much on a regular basis for all my life since my mom first took me there in 1978. Of course we went to see the Eiffel tower and visited the tower top, too, but I don’t remember any particular excitement about the tower (besides of course it’s height, I was 13 years old..)
My love for the building grew with my age. With me becoming more aware of all kinds of involved ‘problems’ (politics, architecture, public opinion, Zeitgeist) I came to appreciate it more and more. I feel it’s a symbol of the freedom of the mind and spirit triumphing over peacounters mentality and slavery of the ‘feasable’.
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When in 1993 I tried to get a job as a photographers assistent in Paris and lived for just about 3 month near Porte de Bagnolet, from the window of my ‘attic’ (euphemism) I could see the tower glowing golden under the night sky. It was a very comforting view, I felt as if it was there for me, no matter what. (You can tell I wasn’t very lucky on my original mission – I have never believed in ‘ellbows’ and still don’t..) One night I remember, I drove around town and when I inevitably passed under the tower, I pulled over and stopped to take a moment to enjoy the sight through the open roof window.. I fell asleep.
When I woke up (from the cold) in the middle of the night the illumination was off.
I stepped out of the car and went under what I call the ‘dome’ – the huge square in the middle of the four pillars – with the rounded decorative elements of the first level the impression of being in the centre of a sphere is created. The scene was so unreal, just as was me being there in the first place and all the strange people I had met in those days, I started dancing and laughing out loud..
From that moment on I feel I have a special relationship with the tower. I can see deep into it’s friendly presence (I know that many say it has something evil to it – and I can see that notion perfectly in the monstrousity of the Blackpool tower).
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