As some of you saw in your watercolor postcard sketches from Paris, I adore the Metro. It's the best public transpo in the world!
Les Gobelins is a stop in the 13th arrondissement that isn't actually strikingly beautiful. It doesn't have the intricate art nouveau styling of Blanche or my fave- Chatelet, and the name is actually in reference to a nearby cross street and historic tapestry factory. Boring, right? Not really. Rue Gobelins was named after an influential noble family that got their start by making a scarlet dye and subsequently trés cher tapestries. The Gobelins tapestries and upholstery were a must have for all the royals. The factory is still around and near the metro stop today, but that family sold the factory to Henry IV and then he to Louis XIV in the 17th c. well after the Gobelins had purchased noble titles with cash from all that dye money. Now, the name is mostly just as associated with a visual arts school that uses the name- Gobelins l'Ecole de l'Image. The school specializes in animation, and is definitely worth a video search. (Here's one I found that I love.)
Because of these historic and current contexts, Parisians in this area might not readily use the word gobelin to describe the goblins English speakers think of, even if that was the initial root (Latin- cobalus “mountain sprite”, German- Kobold, Greek- kóbalos, “rogue, knave; goblin”. For that context, they might use the words lutin, gnome, or farfadet instead.
So anywho- back to the stop. Seeing the word made me immediately think of goblins wanting to take the stop back for themselves. They would probably be a little miffed about how neat and orderly things have become in the city. I'm sure they aren't a fan the high rise towers in the 13th. Nice rows of trees and streetlights make frightening people harder. Cell phone distracted humans rushing to their trains are horrified by loneliness and imagined dangers instead of actual monsters, forcing the goblins to explore careers in technology and hacking.
I imagine they would (wrongly) think the night belonged only to them, hence the graffiti "renprende la nuit", or take back the night.
Okay. Enough blathering on. When my re-imagining of this metro stop is done and dry enough to press & scan, $10+ supporters will be getting a free downloadable file of this watercolor sketch. There's also a pdf plain line drawing version coming with the other printables so you can paint or color it however you like.
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