Exhibition I Saw : Eiffel Tower in 1900

For EXHIBITION I SAW, D’s Art Takes and Divvya Nirula bring you Top-Hit’s of Gallery and Museum Exhibits we’ve visited. Today we look at the Eiffel Tower in 1900.

Given the global shutdowns due to Coronavirus, D’s Art Takes & I, Divvya Nirula, take a look at some fascinating exhibits that are virtually accessible. The Eiffel Tower in 1900 is an online exhibition presented by Google Arts & Culture. Being a digital show, it can be accessed from anywhere and at any time.

History of ‘La Tour Eiffel’

The Eiffel Tower was built and opened to the public in 1889. The structure was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel, it was chosen by the French government over designs by more than 100 other competitors.

Gustave’s proposal was unlike any other. He intended to use wrought iron to create an open lattice structure measuring about 300m. The tower would not cost much money, given that it would be made from iron. Furthermore, it would not take long to build either. But the aesthetic of the Eiffel Tower was industrial. And so far away from the Romantic style that Paris was famous for.

The Exhibition : The Eiffel Tower in 1900

Needless to say, the tower was built. And until 1929, it was the world’s tallest building. But in 1900, the monument had lost its charm. The people of the city were bored of it. So the French authorities decided to do something about this at the annual World’s Fair that year. And so they spruced up the Eiffel Tower.

The exhibition by Google Arts & Culture in association with Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel Iconographie (SETE) explores the various changes made to the monument in this year. And how these changes contributed to the tower becoming the technological feat and beautiful landmark we know it as today. Using a combination of word and photographic stills, the show revisits the history of the Eiffel Tower.


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