Panel Histoire de Paris
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The "Histoire de Paris" plaques (sometimes called Starck Oars because of their shape and their designer, Philippe Starck) are information plaques scattered throughout the City of Paris in front of various Parisian monuments.
Starck designed 767 panels. They appear to be in the shape of an oar, but are actually meant to recall a ship's paddle, in honour of the Latin motto of the City of Paris, "Fluctuat nec mergitur" ("battered by the waves, but never capsized").
The town of Paris pays 1.2 MEuros each year to the company JC Decaux .
In the future these panels may be replaced by interactive kiosks.
- http://www.leparisien.fr/paris-75/les-pelles-starck-ont-fait-leur-temps-21-01-2009-381476.php Article by Sébastien Ramnoux in the newspaper "Le Parisien" of 21 January 2009.
- (French) http://claude.rohee.com/paris.htm : site with the list of the panels by arrondissement.
- (French) https://plus.google.com/photos/102271478298892340726/albums/5606580537302351153?banner=pwa&gpsrc=pwrd1# : site with photos of the plaques
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