There are a few photos in my Montmartre patchwork from yesterday to which I would like to come back. I started to prepare something on what I had not seen before, a wall covered with the text “I love you” in some 311 languages and dialects.
When looking on Google for what this really is, one of the references I found was from Olivier’s blog in November last year! I decided to go for it anyhow; some of you may not have seen it and for me it was still new; I started blogging only in March this year, so I had missed Olivier’s information.
This wall has white text on blue, enamelled lava tiles. There are some red spots, supposed to be broken hearts. It was created only a few years ago by two contemporary artists, Frédéric Baron and Claire Kitoa.
Of course not quite all languages and dialects are represented, but the 311 chosen include also Dzongkha, Kirgiz, Corsican…
I hope you can get a good view of it here, but if you want to visit it really, you have to go to Place des Abbesses, Square Jehan Rictus. This little park used to be the place of the Montmartre town hall, when Montmartre was not yet part of Paris (incorporated in 1860). The building was destroyed at the end of the 19th century. By the way, one more of my favourite Wallace fountains (see May 10 and 12) - the junior model - can be seen on my photo.
You could possibly try to look for your own language, but I already extracted a few which I managed to spot. (I hope I’m right with the Chinese and the Indian.)