Cenotaph for Newton  

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Cenotaph for Newton (1784) by French architect Étienne-Louis Boullée
Cenotaph for Newton (1784) by French architect Étienne-Louis Boullée

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Cenotaph for Newton (1784) is a design for a cenotaph for the English scientist Isaac Newton by French architect Étienne-Louis Boullée, celebrating the sphere.

Boullée promoted the idea of making architecture expressive of its purpose, a doctrine that his detractors termed architecture parlante ("talking architecture"), which was an essential element in Beaux-Arts architectural training in the later 19th century. His style was most notably exemplified in his proposal for a Cenotaph for Newton, which would have taken the form of a sphere 150 m (500 ft) high embedded in a circular base topped with cypress trees. Though the structure was never built, its design was engraved and circulated widely in professional circles.

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