Place Georges-Pompidou appeared on the map of Paris in the mid-1970s after the completion of the Georges Pompidou Center. It is located in front of its western façade between the rue Beaubourg, Saint-Martin, Saint-Merry and Ramboute.
New landscape of the old district
In the 1930s, the territory of the future square was still built up with dilapidated multi-storey buildings that had no cultural and historical value. The new town square was designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers in 1971, at the same time as work began on the Pompidou Center.
Piazzo del Campo in Siena served as a model for the project for the improvement of the open space in front of the Center Pompidou. It is located slightly below the level of the surrounding city blocks and has a pronounced slope towards the rue Saint-Martin. Its peculiarity is given by the huge white-painted ventilation structures of the underground structures located under it.
The rectangular pedestrian zone of the square is 170 m long and 65 m wide. Together with the neighboring Stravinsky Square, it forms a popular leisure and entertainment destination with several cafes, restaurants and shops located in the nearby buildings.
Since 1979, after the final formation of a new urban panorama of this area of the city, the square bears its modern name, but in parallel with it, Parisians do not forget the old name of this place. They continue to call it the esplanade or Place Babur in memory of the past of the 4th arrondissement of Paris.
Sculptures and small architectural forms
Until 2009, the Place Georges Pompidou housed one of the most famous works of the contemporary sculptor Jean-Pierre Reynaud, The Golden Pot. Created by the author in 1985, it was originally exhibited in the sculpture park of the Cartier Foundation, and was installed in front of the Center Pompidou in 1998.
The work of monumental art is made of multilayer polyester reinforced with steel and covered with gilding. The dimensions of the giant pot are 3,5 m in height, and its diameter ranges from 2,1 to 3,9 m.An almost square pedestal was built for it from a metal frame lined with 84 marble tiles with a height of 10,4 m.
After it was moved to the terrace of the Pompidou Center, in its original place since 2011, there is a sculptural composition of the American master A. Kolder Horizontal. According to the author's intention, it symbolizes the stability of movement. On a metal support of four triangles touching with legs, the movable part of this structure is fixed in the form of a horizontal arrow with five asymmetrically located multi-colored metal petals.
In 2012, a bronze statue of Coup de tête appeared in the Place Georges Pompidou. Its author, sculptor Adel Abdesamed, embodied in his work his attitude to the conflict on the football field that occurred in 2006 between Zineddine Zidane and Marco Materazzi and ended after the famous headbutt with the removal of the French player.
Placed in front of the cultural and exhibition center, the Georges Pompidou Square immediately became an open creative platform. Here you can often meet street musicians, artists or become a spectator of a small open-air show by Georges Pompidou.
Address: Place Georges-Pompidou, Paris 75004
Metro: Rambuteau, Etienne Marcel
RER Train: Châtelet - Les Halles
Bus: Georges Pompidou Center