Two of Bouroullec’s six 13-meter rotating fountains on Champs-Elysees roundabout.
Stephane De Sakutin / AFP
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New designer fountains on the Champs-Elysees have reopened a debate in Paris about how to add modern twists to the city's beloved classic architecture. Located at a roundabout around halfway between Tuileries Garden and the Arc de Triomphe, the fountains were inaugurated by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on March 21, and have divided opinion in the City of Light.The 6.3-million-euro ($7.1 million) project is the first major initiative of the Paris Foundation, which was established in 2015 to raise money for public projects with a "strong emphasis" on contemporary art.Introducing contemporary art to Paris streets has often been controversial, and many residents object to what they see as eyesores -- or frivolous projects financed with public money.
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