Mediterranean Food & Art – nice in Nice !

2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Marc Chagall Museum and the 50th anniversary of the Matisse Museum in Nice. Nice is also full of spectacular examples of modern art that have added to its architectural heritage: “Belle Epoque“, “Art Deco” and Baroque.

Today, art can be found all over the city, which has become a real contemporary open-air museum. Explore the city by tram and follow the commented night-time tour “L’Art dans la Ville” (Art in the City) where you’ll find works by world-famous artists that add a very special touch to Nice’s urban landscape.

The tour lasts approximately 2 hours – Fridays at 7pm.
Languages: French – English.
Adult rate: 8 € (plus transport ticket 2 €) / children under 10: 3 €
(free transport for the age under-4).

Source: Nice Tourism

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Not exactly “La dame de fer” (the Eiffel Tower)

Although it was the Eiffel Tower (nicknamed the “Iron Lady”) that was referred to as a useless monstrosity and a disgrace, when it was first built, those terms could equally apply to the iron sculpture unveiled in Nice, to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of Nice belonging to France. In my opinion (and everyone I have asked), this sculpture is considered “ugly and horrible,” — but then, beauty IS in the eye of the beholder!

No disrespect intended to Monsieur Bernar Venat, whose other locally-placed works of art are, personally speaking, more asthetically appealing.

The artist’s work appears in a number of cities: Paris (“double ligne indéterminée” à la Défense), Berlin, Cologne, Genève, Strasbourg, New York, Austin, San Francisco and Tokyo.

The “9 lignes obliques” sculpture, representing the 9 valleys in and around Nice, took two months to complete and, with a market value of 2,000,000€, it was donated to Nice by the artist (the city paid around 280,000€ for its production and transport). The work of art is 30 meters high, weighs 54 tons, and is built on a 40-ton steel and concrete base, to stabilize the sculpture against the local, and sometimes strong, winds.

I think the “Nine oblique lines” sculpture looks better at night, due to lighting softening the harshness of the metal, but honestly, I prefer the “Iron Lady”!