Eiffel Tower Redesigned With Red Bistro Chairs to Celebrate 125th Birthday

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By Alyssa Ashley Lucas | June 25, 2014 4:31 PM EST

Eiffel Tower has found its little sister on its 125th birthday. Fermob, a French company, has constructed a replica of Paris' most well-known landmark using red bistro chairs, placing the installation on Champ de Mars for a free show for tourists.

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People stop to observe a replica of the Eiffel Tower built with red bistro chairs to mark the 125th anniversary of the Fermob company's bistro chairs in Paris June 24, 2014. Like the Eiffel Tower, the famous bistro chairs celebrate their 125th anniversary this year.

Tourists travelling to Paris, France will see the Eiffel Tower now showcasing another masterpiece with Fermob's 125th anniversary tribute to Gustave Eiffel's famous tower.

"I am convinced that Gustave Eiffel, who said 'iron is the material of ideas,' to show the infinite creative potential of this material, would have been pleased with this nod to him," Bernard Reybier, CEO of Fermob, told Reuters TV.

Gustave Eiffel, according to the Eiffel Tower's official Web site www.toureiffel.paris, had created not only Paris' most famous landmark, but also landmarks such as the Dome of the Observatory of Nice and the metal structure of the well-known Statue of Liberty in the U.S.

Though successful in his career as an engineer and an architect, the late Eiffel who died in 1923 at age 91 was said to have also experienced getting himself into trouble with what is now known as the Panama Scandal.

The Panama Scandal, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, was the "exposure of corruption in France's Chamber of Deputies" that apparently sentenced Gustave Eiffel with two years imprisonment and 2,000 francs for fine. The long jail sentence was later annulled, but the event still brought the Eiffel Tower's creator to decide to retire from business and dedicate his remaining life to science.

"He [Gustave Eiffel] would be happy that 125 years later, his tower, which was so widely criticised, was accepted in the Parisian landscape, as a landmark of French identity, and to see a tribute through this nod to him, which is maybe impertinent but full of humility," Fermob's Bernard Reybier added.

An engineer, architect and a scientist born in 1832, Gustave Eiffel is known for his specialisation in metal structures. According to Reybier, he was certain Gustave Eiffel would have forgiven him and his company for using the red bistro chairs as a sign of "impertinence" and that the gesture would have made the late Eiffel "smile."

The Eiffel Tower replica is reportedly set to remain on the Champ de Mars, the public park looking toward the Eiffel Tower, until July 7 and will then be moved to an undisclosed location in Paris.

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People stop to observe a replica of the Eiffel Tower built with red bistro chairs to mark the 125th anniversary of the Fermob company's bistro chairs in Paris June 24, 2014. Like the Eiffel Tower, the famous bistro chairs celebrate their 125th anniversary this year.
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