A colourful fountain honour of the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was inaugurated in Paris on March 16.
GV Pompidou Centre, Paris with fountain in foreground.
GVs & SV New fountain with mobile parts designed by Niki de Saint-Phalle. (5 shots)
CU Mobile parts of fountain including heart and skull. (4 shots)
GVs Jean Tinguely work in fountain. (4 shots)
GVs People in Pompidou Centre looking at fountain. (2 shots)
SVs Niki de Saint-Phalle and Jean Tinguely outside Pompidou Centre
SV Jacques Chirac Mayor of Paris.
GVs Fountain. (2 shots)
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Background: A colourful fountain honour of the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was inaugurated in Paris on March 16. It has been set outside the Pompidou Centre for arts. The fountain, based on Stravinsky's compositions is the creation of two sculptors: Niki de Saint-Phalle and Jean Tinguely. Niki de Saint-Phalle's contribution is bright and cheerful and each piece is base on a different theme from Stravinsky's work. There is a revolving serpent, a heart, a hat and magnificent mermaid. Jean Tinguely's mobile sculptures are more sober looking but make full use of his mechanical knowledge to create technical jokes. The two artists have collaborated in previous work and have travelled around the world with joint exhibitions. In his inauguration speech, the mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac thanked the sculptors and all the others involved in the building of the fountain, for providing Paris with 'another smile'.