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Green chairs


paris-zidle-1.jpgThey belong to Paris as the Eiffel Tower, baguette or the Rodin’s kiss statue. The Luxembourg or Tuileries gardens would not have their world-famous romantic touch without the green chairs. 

Metal green chairs, which serve for studying, reading, picnics, kissing, hugging, sun bathing, for stretching out the legs, as an objective of cameras, as the place for the birds jumping. Visitors of the Luxembourg garden move them from one place to another, towards the sun, pull them out from the sun to the shadow, approach them to the lake with the small sailboats.paris-zidle-2.jpg
They are exposed to the sun, rain, they are sent on the postcards sent from Paris. The whole world sees romantic Paris in them, when the rain pools are created around them, when the autumn leaves fall on them. When they are full, empty in the chilly weather, when they are wet, when the water around reflects Paris, its monuments and its sky.
Even during the nicest, sunniest, warmest days it will not happen that you would not find a free chair. Even at the moments when the Luxembourg garden is cracking with crowds of people, you will always find a place to sit down. People stop and sit for ten minutes, one hour or three hours, all the time someone is arriving and someone is leaving.
The Luxembourg garden was created by Maria Medici in 1612. Gradually the Parisians spent more and more time walking on the boulevards and in the gardenparis-zidle-3.jpgs. And so in the 18th century the Senate decided to replace the benches by chairs which could be moved easily.
Before the World War I. in the Luxembourg garden you could sit down on a chair for 20 "sous" (coppers). Since 1920 people had to pay 20 cents for a chair and 30 cents for a "fauteuil" – an armchair. The chairs had an olive green colour and were from steel and had wooden arm rests. Since 1974 sitting on the chairs in the Luxembourg garden is free.
In 1990 Senate announced a tender for the chairs of the Luxembourg garden, which was won by the company Fermob. Steel was replaced by aluminium to make the chairs lighter and more resistant against corrosion and meteorological conditions. They are produced in 24 colours and exported to the whole world as a symbol of Paris and France.
When and at which place do you like them the most? In autumn under the trees of the Tuileries garden, with a view on the Concorde column, cuddled in a wool coat and a warm scarf, holding a paper mug with a hot tea? Or reading a book under the statue of one of the French queens in the Luxembourg garden? Or with a lot of lectures papers listening to the music?
M.D., Paristep



Preview of picture in folder Paris gardens | Jan Schinko jr.