There are few monuments in the world as recognizable or popular as Paris’ Eiffel Tower.
French urban planning consultancy Ginger wants to capitalize on that notoriety to make a really, really big environmental statement. The plans, leaked to the public by France’s Le Figaro newspaper, detail how to cover the Tower with upwards of 600,000 plants in soil-filled hemp sacks and an ambitious irrigation system to create the world’s largest vertical garden.
While the cost of the project clocks in at a cool $97 million, the upside is just as great: the wall of vegetation would remove an estimated 87.8 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, making it a “green lung” for the city.
“Our objective is to enhance the structure, not ruin it.” Ginger said in a statement. “We want to turn an emblem of the industrial past into a beacon of the sustainable future… "Should it not be the duty of engineers to imagine a new future where nature is brought back into the heart of the city?”
Purists can rest easy: the non-permanent structure would be removed after a few years of service.