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Vassilakis Takis’s sculptures are visible on the photo, The signals.

In 1955 influenced by the invention of the radar and the technological landscape of the station of Calais, Takis constructs his first Signal sculpture.
Takis' Signals are his most renowned trademark. They are an ongoing series of tall rods springing from a base on the ground and tapering towards a finial at the top. Generally speaking, these finials are of particular symbolic significance and consist of either sculptures or found-objects. The sculptures are various elements, whose form and shape evoke primordial symbols. In response to their interpretation, Takis said: «I am responsible only for manufacturing the symbols. Their meaning depends for interpretation on each and every one of us.»

Vassilakis Takis (born October 25, 1925)Greek sculptor and kinetic artist, his works can be found in many public locations around Paris. From 1954 he worked in Paris, but in later years he divided his time between Paris and Athens. Self-taught as a sculptor, he first made pieces carved in wood (untraced) and plaster, followed by abstractions from the human form, some in wrought iron, such as Sphinx. From 1958 his main concern was with the use of magnetism and electromagnetism to create both visual effects and movement in kinetic sculptures such as the Télésculpture series. These feature nails and other small metal objects at the ends of wires that appear to float in the air a short distance away from a magnet. The Signals series, which later inspired the name of a London art gallery and its journal, was initiated in the mid-1950s. The early ones are tall antennae made of one or more flexible metal stems, fixed on a small base and surmounted by a found metal object; later variants include the Signals Multiples, which feature flashing lights.

La Défense

La Défense is a major business district for the city of Paris. With a population of 20,844, it is centered in an oval freeway loop straddling the Hauts-de-Seine département municipalities of Nanterre, Courbevoie and Puteaux. The district is at the westernmost extremity of Paris' 10 km long Historical Axis, which starts at the Louvre in Central Paris and continues along the Champs-Élysées, well beyond the Arc de Triomphe before culminating at La Défense.
Around its 110-metre (360 ft)-high Grande Arche and esplanade ("le Parvis"), the district holds many of the Paris urban area's tallest high-rises. With its 77.5 acres (314,000 m2), its 72 glass-and-steel slick buildings including 14 high-rises above 150 metres (490 ft), its 150,000 daily workers and 3.5 million square metres (37.7 million sq ft) of office space, La Défense is Europe's largest purpose-built business district. (Source: Takisart & wikipedia)

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