Advertising Kiosks (Paris)

Paris, France. Maybe it's been this way for a long time, but I only just noticed that Parisian columns are motorized, slowly rolling to change posters. Low tech is perfect for these old fashioned, quaint monuments. I think of them as uniquely french, but apparently they were designed by the Germans, in 1885, to avoid ads and messages pasted all over Berlin.


Vertical rolling posters as a street sign


Horizontal rolling posters on the side of kiosks. These endearing kiosks are being replaced by a new design by Matali Crasset, made of recycled glass & aluminum. Because the new ones look like sardine cans, Parisians are rightfully upset about the change. A case of function over culture.


Makes me wonder if these curved tile metro frames will disappear as well