Winging it: Paris gallery keeps visitors apart with extension hats
An artwork gallery in Paris has sought inspiration in historical China to assist it implement social distancing, by offering hats with winged extensions for guests.
The vibrant papier-mâché hats are modelled on headgear from the Song dynasty, which dominated China between 960 1279, with extensions simply lengthy sufficient to maintain wearers the one metre (three ft) aside stipulated in France’s COVID-19 laws.
The first Song emperor is claimed to have ordered his officers to put on winged hats in order that they might not gossip with out being heard.
“Back within the day, these had been worn to stop public officers from whispering,” Dominique Pouzol, who designed the hats for the 59 Rivoli gallery, instructed Reuters. “ so, there was already then this notion of social distancing.”
Some of Pouzol’s creations carry a political message too, painted within the colors of the rainbow is a nod to homosexual rights.
“The hats are to guard us from COVID-19,” Pouzol stated. “But I stated to myself maybe they’ll additionally protect us from …human viciousness, from small-minded individuals.”