Genève | Rue du Rhône | 50 pieces | Limited Edition
|Title||Genève | Rue du Rhône|
|Edition||Edition of 50 signed artworks|
No trip to Geneva is complete without a stroll along rue du Rhône, the city’s most glamorous shopping street. Until the 15th century, the street was still the shore of Lake Geneva and the Rhône. The luxury boulevard is home to world-famous designer flagship boutiques offering fashion, accessories and fine jewellery.
The magical square depict on the artwork is the historical ''Place du Molard''. Once described as Geneva's “economic lung”, Molard Square is one of the city's oldest commercial areas since the 16th century. The first mention of it as a port dates back to 1271. The word "molard" is the Latin for levee of earth and probably refers to a riprap, a dyke, that used to protect the port. In 1309, the first hard hall was built in the area, making it a commercial and customs port.
In the 16th century, the area around Molard became an economic center of the city fitted with warehouses, customs and foreign exchange offices, hotels, numerous craft shops, public writers and notary benches, printers, etc. Eventually, there appeared a fish and poultry market with new halls established in 1690.
At the center of the square is the Molard Tower (aka Clock Tower) which is a remnant of the defensive wall that used to protect the port of Molard in the Middle Ages. In 1906 it was adorned with a painted frieze taken from the demolished house of Rolle. The frieze features the coats of arms of the key actors in the Reformation history and a sculpture, called “Geneva city of Refuge”.
The highlight of nightly Place du Molard are illuminated cobblestones in the stone paving, shining in the evening. There are hundreds of paving-stones spread among the whole square resembling a starry sky on the ground. Every lighted stone has a word written on it in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic. But maybe, with a bit ofendeavour, You will find some more languages.
Place du Molard is thus recommended for luxury shopping - from divine jewellery in the House of Gübelin, through Rohr Chocolaterie, Geneva’s master chocolatiers, to our art gallery Atelier WOCS which we invite you to visit. Enjoy your charming night in the unique atmosphere of Place du Molard.
|Printing technique||Étorie on fine art paper|
|Printing house||Atelier WOCS, Genève|
|Authentification||Certificate of authenticity|