AU$ 1,657
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, May 5 2019 1:59 PM UTC +00:00

Bring the Eiffel Tower to South Bank

Have you always dreamed to see the Eiffel Tower but can’t go to France? It will soon be possible in Australia, right here in Brisbane.

Bring the Eiffel Tower to South Bank

Have you always dreamed to see the Eiffel Tower but can’t go to France? It will soon be possible in Australia, right here in Brisbane.

AU$ 1,657
pledged of AU$ 17,000pledged of AU$ 17,000 goal
14
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, May 5 2019 1:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

The goal of the project

What if you were in Australia and suddenly the Eiffel Tower, one of the most famous monuments in the world, was just in front of you? We want to make it possible and to bring this cultural icon to Australia. 

We want to celebrate Australia’s multiculturalism, and more particularly to represent the strong relationship between Australia and France by creating a replica of the famous Eiffel Tower. This replica would be completely handmade by Thomas, a French Mastercraftsman and would represent a 1:100 scale (3:24M High) stylised sculpture of the Eiffel Tower (see sketches below). The tower has been designed specifically for ease of transportation to various venues. And it is suitable for internal or external use. 

This project is the perfect occasion to make a tribute to the Franco-Australian relationship by sharing a traditional “savoir-faire” in Australia. 

Who we are

We are two French Master craftsmen: Laurent and Thomas. We originally forged our friendship during our respective studies at prestigious French University of Trades, Les Compagnons du Devoir, with finesse in both traditional and modern techniques. Our extensive training means we can construct complex and beautifully handcrafted designs.

The project will be led by Thomas who is a Mastercraftsman in Metal Fabrication and Blacksmithing. His studies have taken him throughout the world and onward to Australia where he has since worked around the country, including on film sets for Hollywood blockbusters. He has now settled in Mullumbimby with Laurent. 

Thomas is passionate about fabricating and engineering custom-designed staircases, steel doors and windows, furniture and decorative fittings. This project is one among thousands of creative ideas that he wants to share. 

Thomas (left) and Laurent (right) working on "Un Ring" which was part of Mullumbimby Sculpture Festival 2018
Thomas (left) and Laurent (right) working on "Un Ring" which was part of Mullumbimby Sculpture Festival 2018

Les Compagnons du Devoir

Les Compagnons du Devoir (full name Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, literally ‘Companions of Duty touring France’) is a sacred and prestigious trade school for artisans dating back to the Middle Ages in France. Students are taught traditional and modern technical aspects of their trades studying with master craftsmen across France and being immersed in regional French communities and cultures. .

Graduation rates are very limited due to the intense training schedules and the amount of consecutive years of study required.

In 2010, Companionship was recognised as “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO for its “network for the transmission of knowledge and identities by the profession”. 

To get more information about them : https://compagnons-du-devoir.com/ 


Le Festival - Brisbane French Festival

Our project wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Le Festival – Brisbane French Festival. We met around our idea and our sketches, and they have followed us in that amazing adventure. They helped us creating this crowdfunding, and now we work all together to make our dream come true. 

Le Festival is a not-for-profit association organising a three-day event held in South Bank every year followed by “La French Week” - a series of French events all over Brisbane leading to Bastille Day. Le Festival is a major event on Australia’s cultural calendar, it celebrates the passion, warmth and spirit that is France. 


How to make this happen 

We already have all the sketches and the quotations from our suppliers. Now we need your help to finance our project. The funds raised will be completely dedicated to the production of our Eiffel Tower replica. We need to finance the steel supply and cutting, and the patina. It represents three weeks of work for our supplier. Thomas will then work gratis for more than a week to build our prestigious Eiffel Tower. 

We are convinced that by bringing our communities together we will manage to achieve this great project and raise the funds needed! 

Thomas welding
Thomas welding

Where will you be able to see our Eiffel Tower replica

Our Eiffel Tower replica will be officialised during the Official Opening of Le Festival 2019 – Brisbane French Festival, Friday 5 July 2019

Le Festival 2019 is a three-day event organised by Brisbane’s Francophile community to share their passion for France with Australia. It takes place from Friday 5th July to Sunday 7 July 2019. We thought that we couldn’t find a best place to inaugurate our Eiffel Tower than a French Festival that brings together Australians and French. Le Festival is the peak French celebration in Queensland, and we want our Eiffel Tower replica to be part of it! 

Risks and challenges

The most important risk is the budget. We have everything ready, but if we don't manage to raise the money, the project won't occur.

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