Wall of Love

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Wall of Love
(Mur des Je t'aime)
Place des Abbesse (the plaque with the je t'aime=te iubesc in 311 laguages).jpg
The Wall of Love in 2010
LocationSquare Jehan Rictus, Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, France
Coordinates48°53′04.65″N 2°20′18.35″E / 48.8846250°N 2.3384306°E / 48.8846250; 2.3384306Coordinates: 48°53′04.65″N 2°20′18.35″E / 48.8846250°N 2.3384306°E / 48.8846250; 2.3384306

The Wall of Love (French: Le mur des je t'aime, lit. the I Love You Wall) is a love-themed wall of 40 square metres (430 sq ft) in the Jehan Rictus garden square in Montmartre, Paris, France. The wall was created in 2000 by calligraphist Fédéric Baron and mural artist Claire Kito[1] and is composed of 612 tiles of enamelled lava, on which the phrase 'I love you' is featured 311 times in 250 languages.[1] Each tile is 21 by 29.7 centimetres (8.3 in × 11.7 in).[2]

The wall includes the words 'I love you' in all major languages, but also in rarer ones like Navajo, Inuit, Bambara and Esperanto. The wall is open to the public free of charge.[citation needed]

Origins[edit]

Frédéric Baron first asked his brother, and later his foreign neighbours, to write words of love in their languages, then collected 'I love you' in this way in over 300 languages and dialects of the world.[citation needed]

Claire Kito, a calligrapher, then assembled them in a work to be realised on enamel plates.[3]

Symbolism[edit]

The symbolism of the wall was a personal choice of the artist. A wall is, of course, a symbol of division and separation, and here Fédéric Baron wished that a wall could also be a support for the most beautiful of human feelings.[citation needed]

The red splashes on the wall symbolize parts of a broken heart and can be gathered to form a full heart.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wall of Love – Mur des Je t'aime – Montmartre". Travel France Online. Retrieved 30 Nov 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Le mur des je t'aime". Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 30 Nov 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Le Mur des Je T'aime - Histoires de Montmartre Montmartre-Guide.com". Montmartre-Guide.com (in French). Retrieved 2017-09-10.

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