The Great Arc
La Grande Arche, exactly in line with the ‘old’ Arc de Triomphe five kilometres away, was designed by Danish architect Von Spreckelsen. He intended this huge gesture, which put the La Défense business district on the map, as a symbol of hope. But the animation film The Great Arc conveys a sense of alienation and makes the most in surrealist fashion of the artworks placed in the public space of La Défense, among them Alexander Calder’s ‘Red Spider’. Somewhat meta, the film is also about drawing. And, packaged in dreams, the film expresses criticism of the smoothness of the Paris business district, where there is no place for some people.