Our trip to Paris was a little out of the blue (it wasn't a vacation we'd planned) and yet I had plenty of time to research what I wanted to see while I was there. Somewhere along the line it occurred to me that Patrick Blanc (Mr. Vertical Garden/Green Wall) is French, so there had to be some pretty killer green walls to see, right? Sadly most of his are in private spaces or places where you'd really have to be on game to get in. I wasn't up for that kind of nonsense. Thus the green wall at Musée du quai Branly (adjacent to the Eiffel Tower) was my answer. The hell of it was, there was a renovation happening!
Still — there was a lot of it you could put an eye on, even if it was recently replanted.
376 species! See photos of the wall in better times here — QUAI BRANLY MUSEUM Completed in 2004.
Parts were so lush, even for January. It must be quite the sight to see in the summertime.
Yikes! A plant and roots had fallen to the ground. Notice the cigarette butt. So many smokers in Paris!!! But the cigarettes didn't make me want to gag like they do here in the states, they actually smelled good. What's up with that?
The large leaves of the Bergenia look great in the wall.
Don't you think?
Somewhere on Patrick Blanc's website I read that the plants..."hang from the façade of the building, held in place by a device inspired directly by nature — (moss on a rock) a thin plate of PVC and layers of felt cover the exterior walls of the museum." This must be that moss on a rock.
Google translate is a wonderful tool. The photo translate option worked well too, when I had WifFi.
Once we crossed the street I couldn't help but turn back for another photo...
My next green wall sighting was completely unexpected. Inside BHV (the department store, mentioned yesterday) I was surprised to see windows and had to take a peek out to see what was what. Look at that!
On another floor I got a different view. Huh, looks like another branch of this same store. Of course curiosity dictated I would visit later.
And I did. It was pretty fabulous.
That's some serious foliage, and as it turns out this is also the work of Patrick Blanc, completed in 2007.
My final green wall entry was spotted at Charles de Gaulle Airport, and I (sadly) didn't see it for myself. My friend Julie and I flew out on different flights and this bit of loveliness was located at her terminal.
If I couldn't see it with my own eyes at least I had a friend who knew I would want to...
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