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L'elephant triomphal

Published 14 Sep 2010. Tags: animals, architecture, art+design.

L'elephant Triomphal

History has forgotten French architect Charles Ribart, and with good reason. Here’s his wikipedia article, essentially in full:

In 1758, he planned an addition to the Champs-Élysées in Paris, to be constructed where the Arc de Triomphe now stands. It consisted of three levels, to be built in the shape of an elephant, with entry via a spiral staircase in the underbelly. The building was to have a form of air conditioning, and furniture that folded into the walls. A drainage system was to be incorporated into the elephant’s trunk. The French Government, however, was not amused and turned him down.

Little of his work now survives.