This article by Avinash Rajagopal, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as 'The Little Prince' and Le Corbusier investigates the link between Le Corbusier and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer of The Little Prince. On October 22, 1929, a French architect got on the inaugural flight of the Aeroposta Argentina, a pioneering airline service that flew from Buenos Aires to Asuncion del Paraguay, flown by a French co-pilot. The act of flying would deeply influence the creative output of both passenger and pilot. The former, of course, was Le Corbusier. The latter was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, later to be famous as the creator of The Little Prince (1943), the well-beloved tale of a planet-hopping, fox-befriending, flower-loving space child. Read on after the break for more about the pair An ongoing exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York is titled The Little Prince: A New York Story but turns out to really be about Saint-Exupéry. It’s a gorgeously tactile show. The author created multiple versions of every illustration in the book in watercolors that dampened and buckled the fidelity onion skin paper he worked with. He wrote nearly 30,000 words in all, in sentences that seem to unravel, stagger, stumble, and then simply scrawl off the page.
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