The bare branches of plane trees, hung with spherical seed pods, sketch monochrome patterns on the clouds. Below them, metal ribs, strung with blown spheres of Murano glass, form domes of colour, whatever the weather.
Linked rings of aluminum hold captured bubbles of coloured glass.
Trunk-like columns of aluminum spheres support the coloured crowns.
Together these elements make up the extraordinary artwork that forms the entrance to Palais Royal metro station, Le Kiosque des Noctambules.
The title translates roughly as Kiosk of the Night-Birds. The dome of warm reds and yellows representing day, frames the metro entrance. The ‘night’ dome of cool blues and mauves covers a sheltered seat.
Created by artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, the structure was installed in 2000 in celebration of the the centenary of the Paris metro.
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