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Eiffel Tower: Terror alert, great art, life goes on …

  • August 12th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Mural eiffel 2 eiffel tower close2 The recent intensification of security precautions against a possible terrorist attack even caused a rare closing-down of visits to the Eiffel Tower.

Those looking out for the already-famous roof-top mural, in the name of Lena Nyadbi, could not have been amused.

While not as dire as the near stand-to which had American embassies, and some European embassies shut down in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East, in response to communications chatter; the two-hour closure was a signal of concern.

There’d been an anonymous phone call about a package left on the tower, on Friday (9.8.13); normally bomb scares are checked but not allowed to close the gates on the Summer crowds, thousands of people filing through.

Mural Eiffel 1All who waited to go up a bit later would have seen this year’s arresting new sight, in  the panoramic foreground: the representative mural following  Lena Nyadbi’s ‘Barramundi Scales’, on the roof of the Quai Branly Museum.

Unveiled on 7.6.13, and done in heavy-duty black and white paint, used for hoardings, its only real vantage point for viewing is the tower, just 100-metres across the road (av. de la Bourdonnais).

mural eiffel 3The artist (picture), from the Kimberleys, now enjoying a special pride of place, already had a mural at the museum, opened in 2006 as a showcase for global indigenous art. It has also been exhibiting the original ochre and charcoal ‘Barramundi Scales” painting.

‘Barramundi scales’ shows the fish, out of a Dreamtime story, being chased by women – the scales falling down.

The artist, 77, went up the tower for the first showing, feeling so moved, she said: “It made me want to cry”.

eiffel-flag-2Those wanting to see more of her paintings can walk a little further across the Eiffel Tower park (Champ de Mars) to the Australian Embassy, where they have an exhibition of aboriginal art going through to 30.10.13.  Location: 4 rue Jean Rey, Paris 15; Metro Bir Hakeim, RER C – Champ de Mars.

See picture gallery, making the mural: AAJ Press, London, Lena Nyadbi …. (11.6.13)., (12.8.13).


Blouin Artinfo, NY,  Jean Nouvel Provides the Canvas for Aboriginal Art Visible Only From the Eiffel Tower, 7.6.13., (12.8.13).

Tony Eastley, Philip Williams, Indigenous artist’s work on Paris rooftop, ‘AM’, ABC, Sydney,7.6.13., (12.8.13).

Warmun Arts Centre, Warmun via Kununurra,Lina Nyadbi’s new installation at the Muse du quai Branly …, (12.8.13).

Pictures, rfi, wikipedia