Posted by: Author | September 12, 2014

Friday Facts- September 12, 2014- Centre Georges Pompidou

This is a museum of modern art in Paris. It is actually one of the largest in Europe and was designed by Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini in the 1970s.  It also has a library in it. The interesting thing about the design is that all of the necessary parts of the construction are on the outside frame of the building (like the pipes, mechanical parts, etc) to leave vast spaces inside for the art to be displayed. When it was first built, it was color coded with the green pipes being plumbing, the blue ducts were climate control, electrical wires were yellow and the safety devices and circulation devices were red.

The other cool thing is right next to the building is a fountain called the Stravinsky fountain. It has sixteen sculptures that spray water and music is piped from underground. It’s really awesome. I loved it.

Outside the museum is a large area where people congregate and hang out. There are people doing street art (like in New Orleans) as well as selling handmade goods. It’s a nice place to sit and soak up the atmosphere.

Of course, we went in and looked at the art. If you read last week’s FF, you know my son wasn’t happy about people taking selfies with the art in the Louvre. He was just as unhappy here when some were doing the same thing. This time he took action. He followed them and photobombed their pictures. It was cracking me up. This one girl in particular seemed to finally catch on to what he was doing and she started avoiding him. LOL

Here’s some pics of the museum, the fountain and some of the works that caught my eye. 2014-08-16 18.44.46 2014-08-16 18.44.49 2014-08-16 18.46.04 2014-08-16 19.09.22 2014-08-16 19.09.50 2014-08-16 20.22.59 2014-08-16 19.17.10

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  1. Interesting fact this morning. And so great hearing it from you experience.

    • Thanks Lavada. I still have two more museums to share as FF. LOL

  2. Cool place. I’m particularly intrigued by the man and animals picture. I’ll be looking at that a few times trying to interpret the message there. 🙂

    • It was a very neat place. The man and animals was by Vicente Do Rego Monteiro. It def. caught my eye. When I take pics in a museum, I usually take a pic of the plaque, too so I can research more when I get home. Just haven’t had time yet to look at his other works.

  3. Remarkable! This is something I had not seen before.
    I have to add that every time you talk about this son,I have to smile! He sounds like a perfect traveling companion, intelligent and funny!

    • My son is actually quite delightful and amusing. I would like him even if I didn’t raise him. Lol

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