Paris Skyline




Here is my Paris skyline, featuring:
- Notre-Dame Cathedral, with Square Jean-XXIII behind it;
- Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, including the Flame to the unknown soldier;
- Musée d'art moderne George-Pompidou (Beaubourg) with Atelier Brancusi;
- Colonne de Juillet and Place de la Bastille;
- Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre basilica;
- la Seine, with its banks and their famous second-hand book boxes.

I've been working on this Paris Skyline for about two years, with various setbacks. The major one was obviously that in the meantime, TLG released their own. I quickly overcame this one because I felt I could do better, in the choice of buildings, and the execution, and the scale.
Here is my first attempt. I was proud of it.

The scale is a major problem: I really wanted the building to be to scale to each other, so I did some research on the most famous parisian buildings. Here is my research:

(from left to right: Arc de Triomphe, Obélisque de la Concorde, Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre, Notre-Dame, Pyramide du Louvre, Musée George-Pompidou, Tour Eiffel, Colonne de Juillet, Opéra Bastille, Tour Montparnasse)

As you can see, the Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse Tower completely dwarf all the other buildings. This is where I felt the LEGO version of the skyline failed. The Eiffel Tower is an obvious choice, but prohibits showing any details in the other elements. AND there has been two Eiffel Tower official sets already. And they were… not that great? I've spent months trying to pay homage to the curves of the Eiffel Tower, and I couldn't, and TLG couldn't either. Using the tower and the Louvre side by side made no sense.
So I decided to change the scale, and it also meant I couldn't use the great version of Arc de Triomphe I had just created (get it for free here), and that was okay in the grand order of things. Here is my second attempt.

Here it is, with my new small Arc de Triomphe, and a Place de la Concorde that… I couldn't use either (get it for free here). It may feel tall when you're at its feet, but it's still a tiny piece of stone compared to all the other buildings.

So now I'm sharing my last version of it, with le Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre on its famous Butte, and the Colonne de Juillet is back in, on the middle of the newly refurbished Place de la Bastille. I intended to have a Golden Snitch on top of it, but the part is not yet available in, so you have to imagine it really hard, or order it yourself. I've included it in the Rebrickable parts list, but not in the downloadable one.

Here is a fun detail I included: there are second-hand books sellers on the river banks. They use dark green boxes to sell their wares. The boxes are closed with a padlock so they don't have to haul everything everyday. Here they are on the side of the street.

Here is what the building instructions looks like:

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Name Paris Skyline
Designer JenArtiste
Designed 2019
Inventory 617 parts
Theme Architecture > Skylines
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