The Grand Palais is one of the jewels of French Âarchitectural heritage, and a listed historic monument. A colossal Âconstruction of steel, glass and stone built to Âvertiginous Âproportions, it originally played host to some of the Âgreatest inventions of the 20th century (the Âautomobile, the Âaeroplane, domestic science), and has since been the venue for some major contemporary cultural and artistic events.
Built specially for the great Paris Exhibition of 1900, the Grand Palais has at Âvarious Âtimes Âhosted: horse races at the turn of the last Âcentury, the first major automobile and air shows, boxing Âcompetitions and Ânotably ÂMarcel Cerdan, the ÂBiennale antique fair, ballets Âincluding the company led by ÂMaurice BÃ©jart, a fashion show by ÂChanel and a string of art Âexhibitions such as FIAC, the ÂInternational ÂContemporary Arts Fair and the last concert of Prince.
Forward-looking and youth-orientated, the Grand ÂPalais aims to reflect cultural developments in society. So Âskateboarding - its practice, its environment, its artistic and musical Âinspirations in all its forms - is an entirely legitimate theme for the Grand Palais.
For the first time, in late November, the Grand Palais will be dedicated to skateboarders and Âskateboarding.
A huge ramp - the biggest in Europe - will be set up beneath the famous glass Âceiling of the Grand Palais, which stands a cool 60 metres from the ground at its highest point!
The 16,000 m2 that make up the majestic Nave and Paddock of the Grand Palais will be fitted out to host the skateboarders on an immense street area, open to all.
Â© Coll Grand Palais - FranÃ§ois Tomasi