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Kiosque des Noctambules Metro entrance

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Kiosque des Noctambules Metro entrance

Kiosque des Noctambules, an unconventional and eye-catching Metro entrance in the heart of Paris!

It indeed serves the prestigious Comédie-Française theatre, Louvre Museum, Palais-Royal with the Buren columns and Pol Bury fountains.

Who thought that French couldn't be bold when it came to art!

You indeed have to walk under a canopy of colourful glass beads supported by a balustrade of brushed aluminum to get down to the Metro.

The beads filter the light and create colourful patterns on the ground and the foliage of the surrounding trees.

However, such a creation was not a random art project! The Kiosque des Noctambules was indeed created in 2000 in order to celebrate the new Millennium.

It's also very different from the Art Nouveau entrances Hector Guimard designed in 1900 for the Métropolitain.

Kiosque des Noctambules
Kiosque des Noctambules

Jean-Michel Othoniel

The public discovered the Kiosque and Jean-Michel Othoniel in 2000!

Othoniel graduated from the Ecole Nationale d'Art de Cergy-Pontoise and has worked with different mediums from the start of his career.

He discovered the art of glass in 1996 during his sojourn at the prestigious Villa Medici in Rome.

He says that glass has always fascinated him, because it is a living matter, which must be treated with respect at the risk of getting burnt.

It is a matter, which once shaped and refined, produces sophisticated and luminous objects.

Othoniel takes his designs to the master glass-makers in Venice, who are, according to him, the world's experts.

His Kiosque des Noctambules, which was so controversial at first, has become one of Paris' landmarks.

Directions: 1st District - Place Colette
Metro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre on Lines 1, 7
Coordinates: Lat 48.863162 - Long 2.336112

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