January 11 is the anniversary of Baron Haussmann’s death. Most of the famous monuments existed before Haussmann had his way with the city, but the way we see them now is in large part due to his plan. Anytime you encounter a wide, long, symmetrical and crazily beautiful avenue, it’s a result of Haussmann’s bulldozing what was there before it. Paris aged naturally, but Haussmann was its plastic surgeon.
My artworks are toner photo prints, handcrafted on 8×8″ wood blocks. To differentiate them from my regular photo blocks, I am adding a metal leaf border and a cast-metal fleur de lys clavos at the corner of each piece, which will come with a signed certificate of authenticity indicating that it is a unique print created for the “City of Delight” project. The blocks are freestanding but can also be mounted using hanging hardware (I can provide this upon request, at extra cost). I have set the price of each piece at $75 to reflect Paris’ famous “75” postcode. 20% of my profits will be donated to UNESCO and the UNHCR at the end of 2016.