Friday, September 2, 2016


Replacement of the 11,000 square meters of the porous Carrara marble façade with granite plaques on the problematic Grande Arche at La Défense is a very big job. The French engineering and construction company which has undertaken the work, Eiffage, has had to come up with innovative solutions to assure the safety of the project, particularly where it concerns the inclined overhanging surface of the arch. To the pedestrian it looks as though two giant red clothespins are keeping the tympan pinched on. For a more accurate description of the feat, in French, click here.

un exploit:  a feat
une prouesse:  a prowess

©2016 P.B. Lecron

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