I woke early one morning (not difficult to do when suffering through jetlag), ate my breakfast and hurriedly left my hotel. I was headed for the Palais Royale. Or more specifically, to its inner courtyard, Cour d’Honneur. My goal was to arrive before every Instagrammer in the city did because I wanted to take some people-less photos.
Photos of what? you might be asking yourself.
Several months before the trip I’d seen an art installation in an online travel guide for Paris that looked pretty neat, and decided to check it out myself.
Within the courtyard are 260 striped columns of varying heights, and I was interested to see the contrast between them and the classical design of the former 17th century Royal palace.
Les Deux Plateaux (or The Two Trays in English) are more commonly known as the Colonnes de Buren. Installed by French artist Daniel Buren in 1986, the columns proved to be highly controversial and not loved by all. Each is made of Carrara and Pyrenean marble, which was also famously used by famous sculptors such as Michelangelo and Rodin.
I enjoyed the installation, and after a quick look and a few photos I noticed that others were starting to arrive. I knew I was short on time when I spied a girl posing atop a column with an outfit coordinated with the stripes. So I took a quick selfie and made my way to my next stop for the morning.