The Day of Glory Has Arrived: Hélène Boudreau’s Unexpected Display of the Eiffel Tower Replica
In March 1889, Gustave Eiffel and his team of brave workers completed the monumental erection of the Eiffel Tower, just in time for the Paris Universal Exposition, which was to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution.
Standing at 330 meters, it quickly became the tallest construction in the world. In a short span of time, it became the ultimate symbol of Paris and France.
Since then, millions of miniature replicas of various sizes and prices have been produced, whether in France or China. Often, when one acquires such a collector’s item, it is placed on a shelf, prominently displayed, and left to gather dust like a sad trinket.
But our national “UQAM Girl,” Hélène Boudreau, is not one to do things like everyone else. During her visit to the City of Light, she, like millions of people, acquired a luminous replica of Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece.
Instead of placing it on a shelf in her living room, she pretended to insert it where it is (usually) always dark.
Paris, the City of Light, as they say…