Imagine the world before the Eiffel Tower.
So obvious to us today, so inconceivable at the beginning of the 19th century!
Until technological progress made it possible to build high, very high, higher and higher…And builders set off to conquer the sky.
This race for height is still going on. And although today’s towers tower far above it, Eiffel’s remains an unsurpassed monument, a symbol of Paris, a distinctive sign of France… and “the Tower of the World”, as Blaise Cendrars put it
2023 is the year of Gustave Eiffel, to mark the centenary of his death. Don’t miss the “Eiffel, ever higher” exhibition. Set up on the Tower’s forecourt, it tells the story of the insane challenges that the engineer and his team faced and overcame to build this masterpiece.
Manufactured and installed by OXYSIGN over 75 linear metres in 10 days, this exhibition was not without its challenges either!
– Precise cutting of the Dibond panels to keep them between 2 and 2.50 m high, and to avoid leaving any light on the ground on a slightly uneven forecourt (+ or – 1 m).
– The work was carried out at night, using a crane truck to lay concrete blocks in designated areas to ensure that the layout was correct and to facilitate installation without wasting time.
– The strength calculations were validated by a control office, on a forecourt exposed to very strong winds and other bad weather.
“Well done to the entire Oxysign team for this magnificent achievement !”Myriam Larnaudie-Eiffel, Association des Descendants de Gustave Eiffel (ADGE)
Thanks to SETE (Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel) and ADGE.
Exhibition curator: Savin Yeatman-Eiffel