Eiffel’s Tale – Discover the back story of the world famous landmark built for the 1889 worlds’ fair in Paris.
In 1886, the city of Paris began preparations for the World’s Fair.
With only three years before the event, the city wanted an iconic 1,000-foot tower, the largest ever constructed by man, to mark Paris as the centerpiece of world technology and engineering.
Gustave Eiffel had already contributed to the structure of the Statue of Liberty and was hesitant to build the tower, but he eventually provided plans developed by his engineers and was awarded the project.
It would be a massive beast of iron designed to withstand the elements by using an adapted technique of Eiffel’s bridge construction.
As construction began, the townspeople of Champ-de-Mar berated Eiffel for destroying their skyline with a monster that seemed to consume all of Paris.
They couldn’t wait for the 1889 World’s Fair to end so the tower could be removed.
But the popularity of the tower and the adoption of radio created a new vision for Paris, and the iconic beauty of Gustave’s tower eventually won out as a worldwide recognized landmark.
Today, the tower bears Eiffel’s name and is the most visited monument in the world, drawing millions of tourists per year to the streets of Paris.
Just like Gustave, your new ideas may be criticized or dismissed, but that shouldn’t change the outcome of your vision once realized.
And that is the story of the man who built the Eiffel Tower, the monster that ate Paris and became the heart and soul of the city.
Artwork and script: Jef Gray/Midjourney
Drone footage: Wikipedia – youtube.com/@DronalistDailyDose
Liberty Video: Pixabay -taj dc
Production: International Peace and Film Festival