Artists are putting the final touches to artworks that will take over Paris tonight for Nuit Blanche, an annual celebration of contemporary art and culture.
This year’s event has been curated by Chiara Parisi and Julie Pellegrin.
British artist Martin Creed will kick-start the 12th edition of Nuit Blanche by simultaneously ringing all the church bells along the Nuit Blanche route. Visitors can also join in the bell ringing by clicking on a special smartphone app for the event.
Meanwhile, hovering above the Seine river, performers in helicopters will perform a string quartet by German contemporary composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Later, Chinese artist Cai Guo Qiang, who was responsible for the fireworks display at the Beijing Olympics, will present another pyrotechnic spectacular along the Seine.
Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya will be cloaking the Place de la République in her trademark fog sculptures, while Danish artist Palle Nielsen will transform the Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad into a monumental playground for children and the child-at-heart to play.
There will also be more events than ever along the Canal St-Martin in Paris’ east, an up-and-coming neighbourhood.
This year’s Nuit Blanche will be current mayor Bertrand Delanoë’s last. He began the first Nuit Blanche in 2001.
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It’s getting hard to keep up with the growing number of “world’s biggest” buildings. After Dubai and Taipei’s short-lived fame, it’s now Moscow’s turn to boast one of these towering structures.
The city is to build a 1500 ft high structure that will accommodate 30,000 residents with room for 900 apartments, 3000 hotel rooms and several cultural and exhibition facilities. At 27 m sq. ft. the floor space promises to be four times bigger than the Pentagon, and the building will be twice as wide as London’s Millennium dome.
Named Crystal Island after its glass facade that resembles cut crystal, the structure will also contain one of Moscow’s largest and highest open spaces, offering terrific views from 980 ft high platforms.
Although critics have already dismissed it as vulgar, Lord Foster – the designer of the building – is ecstatic of the scope of his ambitious project. Crystal Island is slated to be completed in five year’s time.
One expert said the building demonstrates Russia’s “might,” and personifies Moscow’s “boldly thrusting” personality. Does anybody else think the connection between men and fancy sports cars is also true for the buildings they create?
As of 2009, construction has been postponed due to the global economic crisis.
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