Tulips of Shangri-La
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Panoramic photo by Franck Masschelein EXPERT Taken 16:15, 02/03/2014 (CEST +0200) - Views loading...

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Tulips of Shangri-La

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As part exhibition "Flower Power", the esplanade François Mitterrand, located between Lille Europe station and Euralille, has been adorned with a permanent sculpture of 7 meters high, realized in 2003 on the occasion of Lille 2004 by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama: a big bunch of colorful tulips.
Shangri-La is the name of an imaginary place described in the novel "Lost Horizon" by James Hilton in 1933 : "Shangri-La was discovered deep in the Himalayas, an oasis of lush greenery and whitewater, lost in icy summits".
Yayoi Kusama is a contemporary Japanese artist, avant-garde, painter, sculptor and writer.

The shot was taken in march 2014, in the middle of the afternoon. Panorama made in HDR version (enfuse).

References : http://www.nordmag.fr/culture/lille2004/flower_power.htm, http://www.fantastic2012.com/agenda/?id=287, http://www.nordeclair.fr/Locales/Lille/2011/10/01/les-tulipes-de-shangri-la-l-oeuvre-peren.shtml (translated with help of Google Traduction)

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