Public Art in Paris: Colonnes de Buren

Colonnes de Buren

The Colonnes de Buren, officially known as Les Deux Plateaux, is a controversial art installation in Paris. It is located in the inner courtyard (Cour d’Honneur) of the Palais-Royal. When I visited Paris with my family last summer, this is where we sat down to rest our legs. We had a bit of a break before before we continued to explore the city. We’ve been to Paris multiple times before, but it never gets boring!

Daniel Buren

French artist Daniel Buren created the black-and-white-striped column artwork during 1985 and 1986 in efforts of reimagining the former parking lot and to hide ventilation shafts. Some did not agree with the design, stating it was unfit to Palais-Royal’s historic qualities.

Personally, I like the artwork! I feel like it’s pretty unobtrusive and even complementary to the traditional style of architecture of the Palais-Royal. I feel like the stripy columns resonate well with the repeating patterns of the original architecture, including the traditional-style pillars of the Palais Royal itself. Besides, the installation gives the place a little bit of an edge and the columns are fun for kids to play on.

What do you think about the Colonnes?

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