Monday, April 19, 2010
The scaffolding is going up at the Arc de Triomphe as work gets underway to clean the four huge groups of sculptures mounted on its walls. It'll take three months to do the job. To my way of thinking, it's not the worst looking public building around (go check out the Palais de Tokyo if you want to see a real candidate for renewal) but then again, we can't have Napoleon looking like this, can we?
But fear not tourists! The building is still open to visitors. I think it's kind of cool that they made the extra effort to cover the scaffolding with large panels depicting the work being cleaned underneath. (As you can see above, the panel is up on the right hand side but not yet on the left.)