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Quai d'Orsay Gate (Le Ruban Bleu) at the Exhibition Expo Paris 1937
© Brassai
Architect(s) : Bonnier, Dubard de Gaillarbois et Saltet

Is this an allusion to the nearby Pavillon de la navigation?

Around a high metal rod, a transparent helix turns, spirals upwards, knots and unknots like a slender blue ribbon, the colour of the sky. An image of the trophy held under our pavilion by the most beautiful liner in the world.

© Official guide to the 1937 Paris International Exhibition.