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S is for Fontaine Stravinsky


My theme – “26 Things I’d Like To See During Our Trip To France”


 S is for “Fontaine Stravinsky ” 

What is this? Qu’est-ce que c’est ?

This fountain by artists Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle was completed in 1983. It is located in Paris’ 4th arrondissement on the Place Igor Stravinsky, not too far from the Centre Georges Pompidou. It contains 16 sculptures inspired by the works of the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.  The sculptures themselves are dynamic and involve movement and color. This website has some great pictures of the sculptures. The fountain sits atop the offices of the IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique)which is an institute for science and study of sound and avant-garde music. It was founded by composer/pianist Pierre Boulez, who suggested the works of Stravinsky as the fountain’s theme.

Where is it? Où est-ce?

The fountain is located on Place Igor Stravinsky in Paris’ 4th arrondissement bordered by the Centre Georges Pompidou on one side and the Saint-Merri Church on the other.


© OpenStreetMap contributors CC BY-SA

© OpenStreetMap contributors CC BY-SA


Why do I want to go there? Pourquoi est-ce que je veux y aller ?

First of all, I do want to see the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Georges PompidouSecondly, for “A to Z” I thought it wise to include a few things that I definitely want to do/see but which are not day-long activities. During our time in Paris, I most definitely want to spend many hours just flâner dans les rues de Paris (strolling along the streets of Paris) so this will be something we can just…stroll through and take pictures, and enjoy for a short period of time.

L'Amour (Love) part of the Stavinsky Fountain - Pompidou Centre

L’Amour by Dave Merrett is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Geek alert: for anybody out there who is a fan of the video series “French in Action” , the sculpture called “L’amour” from this fountain  was pictured in the films for introducing the sections where the viewers were supposed to try to repeat part of the French dialogues. Naturally, it’s on my list of “must-photograph.” Yes, I admit it, I’m kind of a geek that way.

And you, dear A to Z-ers?  Et vous ?

What are your favorite things in Paris to see while strolling through the streets? Dites-moi ! 


6 Responses to “S is for Fontaine Stravinsky”

  1. halleygentil

    YES YES YES!! This was the one thing I wanted to see in Paris because it was on the cover of my first-year French text book! It’s so quirky and fun!


    • jetgirlcos

      I’m really looking forward to wandering around this area while my husband takes some awesome photos (he’s the guy with the cool camera) 🙂



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