Eiffel Tower Images: Is the Iron Lattice Structure Overlooked as High Art?
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
In 1889, three-hundred Parisian workers completed assembling 18,000 pieces of iron that comprise the Eiffel Tower. The structure, intended to only stand 20 years, was initially received with great criticism, many claiming it a gargantuan eyesore. Today, the Eiffel Tower stands as a great monument to architectural design.
And while many imagine the tower in panoramic view, framed by the city of Paris, overlooked is the artistry of its iron lattice structure.
Those were my thoughts as I approached the tower this weekend, visiting Paris to present as part of an international conference on climate change and the media, which I will be blogging about over the next week.
In the meantime, I'd like to share several photos I took of the iron lattice structure, from the ground looking up the center of the tower.
What do readers think? Inspired by these photos? Do you think the lattice work itself is often under appreciated or overlooked?
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