Which came first, the Paris Worlds Fair or this Worlds Fair oil painting. I would have to say it’s a tie. Painted on a canvas of salvaged metal, this oil painting depicts the World’s Fair in 1889. The Eiffel Tower was built as the main entrance to the Fair by the French designer Gustave Eiffel. It was initially criticized by artists and intellectuals for it’s design but it has become a global icon and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
Worlds Fair Oil Painting
The Eiffel Tower is constructed of wrought iron lattice and resides on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It stands over 1,000 feet high which is about the same as an 80 story building. It’s the tallest building in Paris. At the time, it surpassed the height of the Washington Monument as the tallest man made structure in the world. And it held this title for over forty years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was completed in 1930. But when a broadcasting aerial was added to the top of the tower it regained it’s title as the tallest building. The Eiffel tower has three levels for visitors with restaurants on the first and second floors. The top level has an observation deck which is open to the public. The first two floors can be accessed by stairs which are over 300 steps to each floor. Strike this one from my bucket list. But the top level is generally accessed only by elevator. That’s more like it. My vote is for the elevator on all three levels. The tower was an instant success at the fair with nearly 30,000 visitors climbing all 1,700 steps to the top. Unfortunately, the elevators were not operational until a few weeks after the fair opened. But if you don’t think you’re up to making the trip or the climb this Worlds Fair oil painting will do the trick. Just hang this painting on the wall and sit back and relax with your favorite glass of French wine.