Gazing Upon Vertical Streetside Gardens in Paris, France
Almost literally in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, nestled into a posh boulevard that winds along the Seine in the 8th Arrondissement, this great green “Living Wall” of vegetation is a hidden emerald. Designed by Gilles Clément and Patrick Blanc, famous for creating vertical gardens, the installation covers part of the Branly Museum’s edifice with a layer of soil from which plants burst. It’s a great concept, and from a distance it’s gorgeous. Upon closer inspection scraggly brown weeds make it clear that vertical gardeners are hard to come by, and you wonder who inhabits the rooms behind the wall’s windows that are plagued with the foggy drip, drip, dripping of the wall’s watering system. Still, it pops out from its sandstone Haussmann-style neighbors with verdant flair.