The Artist And The Engineer
Some people are just ahead of their times. Especially if they seem to be able to blend art and science. If our generation saw the likes of Steve Jobs, the 19th century had Gustav Eiffel.
His namesake and Paris’s signature monument is now a symbol of romance and art. Can you imagine when the plans were announced for this beautiful structure, it evoked a protest from the artists of Paris. They published an article protesting the same which started with –
“We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects and passionate devotees of the hitherto untouched beauty of Paris, protest with all our strength, with all our indignation in the name of slighted French taste, against the erection…of this useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower ….”Now no one can imagine this city without this unique tower. Gustav Eiffel had a small flat on the Eiffel tower. When the equally great Thomas Edison came to visit Paris, Eiffel invited him and the famous French composer Charles Gounod over to his flat.
The flat now contains the wax figures of Charles Gounod (The Artist) on the piano entertaining Edison (The Engineer) and Eiffel. An apt tribute to Gustav Eiffel – An Artist And An Engineer.