A wet, November evening at Place de la Concorde.  Like many other landmarks, in Paris and beyond, the big wheel is illuminated in the colours of the French tricolour, as a symbol of remembrance and national solidarity.

Bold stripes of red, white and blue light, shining on the facades of grand public buildings, suggest a solid confidence in the national identity.   Here the colours blend as the wheel turns and the wet paving reflects a spectrum of different shades; an accidental representation of complexity.

Formerly known as Place Louis XV, then Place de la Revolution, this vast open space received its current name in 1795.  Place de la Concorde was chosen to symbolise national reconciliation, after the arbitrary ‘justice’ and massacres of the years known as The Terror.

The French word concorde translates simply as concord, a concept defined in the Collins English Dictionary as:

  1. agreement or harmony between people or nations; amity
  2. a treaty establishing peaceful relations between nations
  3. agreement or harmony between things, ideas, etc.

The blending colours, reflected from the tricolour lights, offer a fleeting image of harmony. Harmony, or concord, between people, ideas or nations can take long years to achieve, but it is an essential step towards peaceful coexistence.


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