Door to nowhere

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Posted in travel+city talk | 1 Comment

This was saved in my drafts’ folder since before I went to France. I first came accross it while researching interesting places to visit while in Paris, but, when there, ended up completely forgetting about it, argh.

Photograph © Untapped Cities by Michelle Young

The door shown above is actually fake, meaning that it leads nowhere. The artists Julien Berthier and Simon Boudvin put it up in 30 minutes and there it rests until this very day. Well, actually I don’t know that, but I can only assume, since it stayed put for over four years (can a door not stay put? I don’t think it’d fancy stretching its joints every now and then… Yeah, so funny.). Anyway, my favourite thing in it is the number, 1bis. Despite thinking it’s utterly crazy, I love how, whenever in need of one more number in the middle of two consecutives (uh?), the French just put a bis after the immediate anterior number. May I add that both France and England’s way of numbering houses makes me quite desperate at times? Things in Brazil are definitely easier, what with the whole thing of having more or less 100m per block and having the numbers follow this system (yes, I don’t know how to explain it properly, but, believe me, it is easier to locate oneself).

To learn more about this project, click here or on the picture’s link.

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  1. Thanks for the link! I’m sure it will still be around the next time you visit!


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