Art Nouveau stylized subway entrances of the parisian underground, also called édicules (aedicula), were created and designed by the french architect Hector Guimard (1867-1942), after an open competition launched by the CMP (Compagnie du chemin de fer métropolitain de Paris), one of the ancestor of the actual RATP, the company who run the subway of Paris.
From the 167 aedicules recorded in 1913, only 86 survived the various movements of modernism. Some of magnificent them such as those located at the Etoile and Bastille squares, offered to visitors a magnificent architecture inspired by oriental forms, but sadly they were destroyed in the early 1960s.
The Metropolitan wall ornament drawns inspiration from the glazed aedicules now visible, surmounted by a marquise (marquee) and so characteristic of the Parisian subway.
The Art Nouveau style, an artistic movement expressed through color, curves and interlacing, various themes of nature and the animal world, appeared at the turn of the 19th / 20th century in Art crafts, architecture, painting and illustration, one of whose emblematic designers was Alfons Mucha, with his allegoric creations and posters. The artistic movement Art Nouveau is the forerunner of the Art Deco period that followed.
The Metropolitan decoration depicts the Art Nouveau Metro entrance of the Abbesses station in Paris, district of Montmartre.
Steel laser cut – Powder coating paint.
Height 86 cm (34″).
Design Jacques Lahitte
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