Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The art of electricity

This building, across the street from Rex's Paris office, belongs (or once belonged) to Telecom France. This ornament, at the seventh-story level (I shot the picture out of the office window), struck me as a wonderful piece of industrial Art Nouveau. It looks like a caduceus at first glance but turns out to be a winged fasces (bundle of reeds, the Roman republican symbol of strength in unity), garlanded with electrical resistors.


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