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Respect the Architecture by Franck Bohbot

Brooklyn-based, French artist Franck Bohbot’s photography focuses on the beauty of public spaces. “Respect the architecture” captures the exquisiteness and significance of some of the most iconic buildings in history, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Palace of Versailles.

View this entire project here!

View his other projects in cinema, theaters, and libraries here!

Pont de Bir-Hakeim over the River Seine. This is one of two figural groups on the supports by French sculpter Gustave Frédéric Michel (1851–1924). The inscription, FLVCTVAT·NEC·MERGITVR, is latin for “It floats and doesn’t sink”. 

This phrase is the motto of Paris, France, and is translated as “Elle floote sans être submergé” or in English “She is tossed by the waves but does not sink”. It was made the official motto on November 24th, 1853 by Baron Haussmann. This motto is present in the city coat of arms depicting a ship floating on a rough sea. Both motto and city arms have their origins in the river Seine boatsman’s corporation; this powerful hanse ruled the city’s trade and commerce as early as the Roman era.

Paris, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean