Champ de Mars Metro Station photogaphed by Janol Apin
In the 1990s, Janol Apin photographed scenes in the Paris Metro re-enacting the station names literally. While one, like Maison Blanche, is a little off-color for American readers, others are whimsical and understandable even to an international audience.
Duroc, a play on words on “rock”:
Père in French religion means a priest (or father):
Re-eanacting The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas:
Bringing back General Charles de Gaulle, literally:
Interpreting boulets to mean the balls of prisoners:
D’eau in French means water:
Maison Blanche in French means White House….:
Alesia, referencing the battle between the Gauls and the Romans in 52 BC:
Quatre-Septembre means the Fourth of September, the day Napoleon III fell and the Third French Republic was installed. Here it references the first day of school:
Porte de Vincennes:
Liberté in the form of a naked man:
Invalides, which is the stop of the war hospital of the same name:
Gare du Nord, the train station in Paris reinterpreted as a traveler to the North Pole:
Images via Golem13.fr.