The famous Blue Chairs of Nice will be installed very soon in Antibes. Jean Leonetti, the mayor of Antibes, announced the news in a meeting on July 1st at the city’s Maison des Associations.
Last Monday (July 1st), the mayor of Antibes mentioned the installation of chairs on the Place National - a square newly renovated. Antibes’ residents complained several times about the lack of sitting area on the newly redesigned square. The mayor of Antibes declared that projects were in the work, as he recalls his meeting with the creator of the famous Nice Blue Chairs. According to the mayor of Antibes, the conversation started a few months ago. When the artist asked him to buy some of his chairs for the city. After checking with the architect of the Batiment de France, the Place National will eventually welcome brand new Blue Chairs.
Just like Paris’ Eiffel Tower or London’s Big Ben, Nice’s Blue Chairs are considered as a symbol of the city. Those chairs are found all along the legendary Promenade des Anglais, overlooking the Baie des Anges. While in winter it is relatively easy to find a free chair, during the summer months the task can become challenging for tourists and residents alike. Through the years these Blue Chairs have become more than just urban furniture, but a favourite spot for all to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery Nice has to offer.
The blue chairs have also made their way to Cannes, lining the Croisette and now they will wind up in Antibes as well. Even if Jean Leonneti believes this plan is the best option for the Place National, the announcement did not secure unanimous support during the Monday meeting. Many people were against this announcement and suggested to put forward a design based on Antibes’ historical Kiosque instead.
So if Antibes places the Blue Chairs on the Place National, it is likely they quickly become a symbol of the city. Will the dispersal of the chairs across the coast take away the symbol from Nice and make it a symbol of the Côte d’Azur?
- Alexa Bouhelier-Ruelle