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Eiffel Tower

$155.00

Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower design was one of the first designs I made, and it has always been my most popular piece.  Is it because Paris is a favorite destination of so many, or because people have a love affair with the Eiffel Tower itself?  Whatever the reason, the neutral colors will go with any decor, while still adding a bit of color, and will remind you of springtime in Paris, pain au chocolat, and sipping wine at an outdoor cafe.

 

Fun Facts:

  • Built as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair
  • Tallest structure in the world between 1889 and 1930 (eclipsed by the Chrysler Building in NY)
  • There are 1,665 steps to the top
  • The tower is 984 ft tall, but shrinks by 6" in cold weather
  • In 1944, Hitler ordered Dietrich von Choltitz, military governor of Paris, to demolish the tower.  Thank goodness he refused!
  • The tower is repainted every 7 years, and uses 60 tons of paint
  • Gustav Eiffel, the architect and engineer, kept a small apartment on the 3rd floor for entertaining guests (how cool would that be?).  Today, it is open to the public
  • There's a champagne bar on the 3rd level

Process And Size Guidelines

I handcraft each piece in my home studio, located just outside of Kansas City, MO.

Most of the photos I use were taken by me on my travels near and far.    I review each photo, looking for striking colors and strong structural elements.    If you think of the entire design as a pie, I am looking for a perfect “slice” of pie within the picture.  Once I find it, the slice is mirrored and repeated in a circular fashion to create the whole pie, i.e. the kaleidoscopic design.

 

The design then is printed multiple times onto photo paper and I hand cut different elements from each copy of the design with scissors (yes, scissors!). After the cutting is done, I reassemble the pieces into tiered layers separated by foam core, creating the unique three-dimensional kaleidoscopic effect.  Finally, I mount the piece onto mat board and frame it in a shadow box, adding a small copy of the original photo to the piece.

 

 

Each design is available in multiple sizes.  The larger the piece, the more layers the design will have, which gives you even greater depth and dimension.  The larger size also allows for more intricate cutting, providing more texture and more "wow"!

 

 Size
Outside Dimensions Inside Dimensions Frame Color
10x10
9.75" x 9.75" x 2" 9" x 9" x 1.5" Black
13x13
13.5" x 13.5" x 2.75" 12" x 12" x 2.25" Black
16x16
18.5" x 18.5" x 4" 16" x 16" x 3" Custom made reclaimed cedar with museum quality plexiglass front