"The crazy fountain!" Centre Georges Pompidou Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris: 155 reviews and 269 photos

I always enjoy visiting this fountain on the south side of the Centre Pompidou. It is in the Place Igor Stravinsky, and many people do not realise that the figures are based on his works. It is dominated by a huge Firebird, but the other figures are also inspired by him.

The fountain is the work of Niki de St Phalle and her husband Jean Tinguely. Niki created the colourful polystyrene figures and Jean the works in metal.

Sadly her creations in polystyrene were eventually the cause of her death; she died of emphysema in 2002.

Warning : if you want to get close to take photos, check the direction of the wind first! Any gust will see passers by drenched by the spray!


Address: Place Igor Stravinsky, 75004
Directions: Métro: Rambuteau ; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles

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  • Updated Aug 26, 2006
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