Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Paris Metro, deux…

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Every station seemed to have an interesting angle, texture, or color to photograph…and I tried to catch them all…

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Sevres Babylone Line 10 (notice the tile patterns)

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Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (square tiles instead of subway and azulejos by Manuel Cargaleiro from Lisbon)

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Franklin D. Roosevelt station (black tiles and metallic light fixtures)

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Madeleine exit line 14 (Ryaba La Poule/Ryaba the chicken, notice the brass egg. Glass mosaic homage to Russian culture by Ivan Loubennikova)
Sometimes we were even entranced by the floors

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This trail saved us from getting lost in a very complicated hub station…
Very quickly I found two “favorite” stations both based on letter forms

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Cluny-La Sorbonne line 10 (Latin Quarter personalities, only one woman?) mosaics by Jean Bazaine
Tied for favorite status early-on…

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Concorde line 12 where if you can find the starting point you can read the “Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen”. One blue letter in the center of a square tile. You might end up with some run-on sentences, however, because all the punctuation is down at the bottom.

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I was willing to let it rest there with my awards given out by the second day, but then later in the stay we went through a station that I knew I had to come back special to see. If you know me in reality and you have been to my house, you know that I have been known to cover tables and counters with sheet copper. Part of my counter:

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There, through the doors of the train, was a station clad in copper. (I do emphasize verdigris on mine, but some heavy industrial coating was keeping this from altering.) ❤❤instant!

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Porthole display windows…Jules Verne you live…
If I was shepherding a Junior High School art class through here, these are where we would go, spending some time with our sketchbooks in each station, observing the art and then we would return to our art studio to explore a project in each medium. Clay, glass, typography, and copper… cannot get any better than that. Oh…can you hear my hubsom, travel guide, and translator muttering under his breath…”Non, we will have no rooms glad in copper…don’t even think about it…” hmmmm…

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