Sunday, 24 February 2013

Paris' Psychedelic Candy-Colored 'Skyscraper'

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Walk around Paris' La Défense district and you can't miss it. Like a giant stick of candy, Cheminée Moretti dominates its surroundings deliciously. Designed by late French artist Raymond Moretti, it reaches towards the clouds like a rainbow-colored skyscraper - albeit with no doors or windows.

Also known simply as Le Moretti, the structure was completed in 1990 and inaugurated in 1995. The multi-hued tower is really a 105-foot (32-meter) high ventilation chimney that has been covered in 672 colored tubes made out of durable fiberglass.

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