Loved up couples arm in arm strolling the streets, snuggling in warm cafés, kissing on steps…it’s enough to make a girl want to adopt a perfect stranger for the day. Handsome, debonaire, with a small dog and a large smile…oh that’s right they’re taken…sigh. Instead I create my imaginary composite and just as I’m having a gay old time window shopping with ‘Jacques’ I stumble upon ‘the wall’. The ‘I love you’ wall! Or more precisely the ‘Mur des Je t’aime.


Forgetting about Jacques I examine the wall, feel even more lonely, shed a tear then toughen up. I promised reports on the lesser known gems of Paris my friends and I will deliver! And this one’s particularly special.


Frédéric Baron created the concept and Claire Kito, an artist who practices oriental calligraphy, assembled the script. Their collaboration resulted in a wall composed of 612 squares of blue enameled lava on which the principle languages and dialects of the planet feature in the form of the words ‘I love you’ – 311 times and in 250 languages. The splashes of red on the fresco represent parts of a broken heart, symbolizing the human race which has been torn apart and which the wall is attempting to bring back together.


Just above is Rita Hayworth by artist Rue Meurt d’Art, and a loose translation is, “Loving is chaos… so, let’s love.” To the right of Rita you can see a ghost. That’s Ava Gardner who originally graced the wall. C’est une mystère… The monument, dedicated to love, stands in a Square at the Place des Abbesses in Montmartre. Jacques and I concur – it’s a must see for lovers, after all Paris is the city of love.

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    4 Comments on Jacques and Jane discover the Je t’aime wall…

    1. Adele Frances
      Adele Frances
      October 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes! We saw it too. Impressed that the Maori language was even represented. Glad you found it Jane, a lovely idea.

    2. Jane E Telford
      Jane E Telford
      October 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm (4 years ago)

      Adele I didn’t realize the Maori language was represented! How wonderful! Xx

    3. Carly
      October 31, 2013 at 8:17 am (4 years ago)

      Love this! Need to add to my repertoire 😉 x

      • Jane
        November 2, 2013 at 8:26 am (4 years ago)

        Thanks Carly, you’ll love the Space Invaders too! Once you see one, you can’t stop searching for more 😀


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