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I guess many of you didnt notice him, but Gustave Eiffel stands in a lonely corner at one of the pillars of the Eiffel tower and keeps a blind eye on what goes on there.

Gustave Eiffel (1832 - 1923) was one of the big architects of his time, even though I think architects of that time were more engineers than todays architects.

He worked a lot with the large railway projects designing bridges and railway staions. He proposed the Eiffel tower to the world exhibition and got it built even though many Parisian at the time thought it was an awful building, I found this quote on tne net.

"(We) protest with all our force, with all our indignation, in the name of unappreciated French taste, in the name of menaced French art and history, against the erection, in the very heart of our capitol, of the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower. . . . Is Paris going to be associated with the grotesque, mercantile imaginings of a constructor of machines?"

Maybe less know is that he together with Auguste Bartholdi and Richard M. Hunt designed the Statue of Liberty that is a French gift to USA. As Eiffels main interest was iron and steel structures he was the one who designed the interior iron structure of the statue.

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