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Coordinates: 48°53′04.65″N 2°20′18.35″E / 48.8846250°N 2.3384306°E / 48.8846250; 2.3384306

Wall of Love in 2010

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]

It 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 public free of charge.

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OriginsEdit

Fédéric 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

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

SymbolismEdit

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.

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Wall of Love – Mur des Je t’aime – Montmartre". Travel France Online. Retrieved 30 Nov 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Le mur des je t'aime". Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 30 Nov 2014. 
  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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