Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Elephant Palace on the Champs-Élysées

The engineer Charles François Ribart proposed a gigantic fountain in the shape of a triumphal elephant in honor of King Louis XV to be ereceted in a park on the Champs Elysées in Paris. Sectional views inside the elephant reveal a ballroom, bedrooms, and a dining room decorated as a forest.
"Profil de l’Edifice sur la Longueur"
from Charles François Ribart
Architecture Singulière. L’elephant triomphal. Grand kiosque a la gloire du roi
Paris: P. Patte, 1758