Cool Stuff in Paris. By Manning Leonard Krull.

Giant thumb at La Défense

Did you know there's a giant thumb over by La Défense? There's a giant thumb over by La Défense.


The thumb was made in 1965 by a French sculptor named César Baldaccini. He happens to be the same guy who made this crazy centaur sculpture in the 6th arrondissement.

La Défense is a business district on the outer edge of Paris. It's mostly known to tourists for its Grande Arche, a huge structure which is like a modern version of the Arc de Triomphe (and you can clearly see the Grande Arche off in the distance from the top of the Arc de Triomphe). Here's an ancient (2008?) picture of me in front of La Grande Arch. The thumb would be way over to the right of here.

Getting to La Défense is easy; you just take the Métro to the station called Esplanade de La Défense and you're there.

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