Saturday, December 06, 2008


There is a huge problem with being in love with a public object. The issue of intimacy – or rather lack of it – is forever present.

Erika La Tour Eiffel, as cited by The Independent, who last May married the Eiffel Tower, and is featured in the documentary Married to the Eiffel Tower: Strangelove (also shown as: Landmark Sex: Married to the Eiffel Tower), which also features ardent relationships with the Berlin Wall, The Golden Gate Bridge, and the Empire State Building.

Erika is also a "world champion in archery – propelled to success, she believes, by her love for Lance, a bow," and she was "discharged from the Armed Forces for refusing to stop sleeping with a ceremonial sword." (From The Times Online)

Many thanks to Flickr contact worldwide.projects who brought my attention to the documentary -- perhaps in an effort to provide a diagnosis for my condition.

Frankly, I find the love for highly public structures like the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge a little like crushing on an overplayed movie star like Tom Cruise.

But that's not to say that I wouldn't take an hour alone with the Inland Steel Building, so long as the Chagall mosaic across the street agreed to join us for a three-way.

inland steel



anniemcq said...

p.s.s. No you're not. ;)

Love my word verification: nonest
It could mean saying "Honest" with your fingers crossed behind your back.

Or no nest.

My brain gets a fever when I come here, and I hope you take that for the compliment that I intend it to be!

Bonita said...

Having lived and worked near the Eiffel Tower, I can verify that structure's ability to wrap a human being in it's lofty love web. I used to sit and eat my lunch with my love object...gazing at her lovely strong legs and gauntly there is a piece of steel I can love forever. I have continued my love affair from afar with minuature replicas, an vintage ash tray, posters, light switchplates, Christmas tree ornaments, keychains,and photographs.

I never knew it would last my love would last...but it has been 13 years and it doesn't look like it will ever end.

Rahul said...

Ha... this reminds me... I forget if it was Guy de Maupassant or Somerset Maugham that used to hate the sight of the Eiffel Tower and thought it destroyed the beauty of Paris... but, he couldn't escape it because you could see it from everywhere (at least back then). So, everyday he would eat his lunch underneath it... because that was the only way of not looking at it :)

And, I agree with anniemcq... you're not kidding!

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