Metro Magic: It’s a Wonderful World … of Copper

Metro Magic: It’s a Wonderful World … of Copper
This is the fifth in a monthly series of stories about the wonders of the Paris Metro System. Which Paris metro stations can you recognize with just one clue or glance? Only a few stations are so unique that they can be identified in a flash. Arts et Métiers (Line 11) is one of those. With just one hint of copper glint, you know where you are . . . sort of.  Is it the past or the future? Is it visionary sci-fi or steampunk? Are you underwater or underground — or in a completely imaginary world? The Line 11 Arts et Métier Station. © Meredith Mullins One thing is sure. You are immersed in a metallic tunnel, where even the trash bins adhere to the copper theme. A time machine? Perhaps. You’re just not sure where on the continuum you’ve landed. Even the trash bins speak copper. © Meredith Mullins If you feel a Jules Verne Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea vibe, you are on the same page as the station designer — who imagined these curved Nautilus submarine walls, giant cogs in the ceiling, and tiny portholes into a world of discovery. The cogs of industrial progress. © Meredith Mullins Just as Captain Kirk (aka William Shatner) said recently on his Blue Origin voyage to the edge of space (compliments of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos): In such a mysterious world, you don’t want to look out the window and see something/someone staring back at you. At Arts et Métiers, you peer into the portholes and get a peek into a history of humans’ inventions and innovations. Aside from the fact that the porthole windows need a good cleaning (Note to RATP), it’s a perfect introduction to the fascinating Musée des Arts et Métiers, just a few minutes from the metro station. A Thomas Converter (for the mass production of steel) looks back at you through a porthole. © Meredith Mullins

Lead photo credit : Arts et Metiers. © Meredith Mullins

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Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and instructor based in Paris. Her work is held in private and museum collections in Europe and the U.S. and can be seen at or in her award-winning book "In A Paris Moment." (If you’re in Paris, a few rare, signed copies are available at Shakespeare and Company and Red Wheelbarrow.) She is a writer for OIC Moments and other travel and education publications.