Paris abounds with street art! For several years now, the capital has showcased imaginative, temporary events which have served to radiate the city of light’s love affair with the street art movement.
We look back at some of the most popular Paris street art events over recent years:
LA TOUR PARIS 13 – 2014
This secret project took place over several months, in co-ordination with the 13th’s District’s town hall, Galerie Itinérance and La tour 13’s landlord, Habitat ICF La Sablière. It opened to the public for 1 month during October 2013.
This ephemeral project involved more than a hundred of Street artists from 15 different nationalities, as well as volunteers from around the world to invest this tower. before its destruction The Tower (La Tour) spanned over 9 floors and basements, 36 apartments (sometimes even furnished), covering more than 4500 m2 of floor area.
As Street Art goes, everything had to disappear, and la Tour 13 was finally destroyed on April 8, 2014 – making way for new social housing.
Watch the video here!
NUIT BLANCHE – 2014
Street Art became the centre of attention for Paris’ Nuit Blanche 2014 edition. Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) is a yearly event put in place by the Paris Town Hall to promote the arts and culture. During that night, all the museums are free, and different artistic itineraries are suggested to the visitor. A contemporary, open air gallery, again in the the 13th District was the hippest part of the show. From Gare d’Austerlitz Station to Masséna Boulevard, young artists came together in the field of contemporary or digital art; such as Swoon, Spy, Borondo, Tristan Eaton and Thomas Canto.
PONT DES ARTS – 2015
In 2008, The Mayor of Paris introduced the ‘Love without Locks’ campaign – to no avail. Lovelocks on the Pont des Arts reached a staggering 700,000 by the end of 2014. After a piece of fence fell into the River Seine (thankfully injuring no one) the Mayor of Paris announced the final withdrawal of padlock the Pont des Arts on June 1st, 2015. Before replacing the panels with fibreglass, the Mayor asked Galerie Itinerance to call upon its street artists to design temporary decorative panels – 220 to be exact! Artists such as Brusk, El Seed, Pantonio and Jace were featured on this Bridge of Arts (although we’ll never forget the locks of love).
Watch the video here!
LE GRAND 8 @ LA RESERVE MALAKOFF – 2016 (ends October 31st)
Covering 2000m2, La Reserve Malakoff offers a mesmerizing ephemeral exhibition space, with events, performances and games. Creation here is in perpetual motion.
Forming an 8 shape, or Infinity symbol, an incredible panel of street artists and their respective styles merge together to form one monumental piece of work.
Each street art master disposes of an area between 50 to 100m3, where each sculpts, decorates, bombs. Forms of expressions mingle, disentangle, respond, and begin to form a floral, animal and human masterpiece.
Here are some of the artists to dicover:
SHAKA / MOSKO / JANA & JS / JERÔME MESNAGER / MR LOLO / SEIZE HAPPYWALLMAKER / NORULESCORP / FKDL / JBC / 36.15 ANIS / BEPLUS / SNEZ / SWAR / COLLECTIF ONOFF (KANOS, LIMO, OLSON) / VINIE / ANTI / IZA ZARO / MADEMOISELLE MAURICE / NOSBE / YANN MULLER / CORONA / PABLO LLOVERAS / MART-AIRE / BAULT, POPAY, TETAR / COLLECTIF 2AC (DJALOUZ, PESCA, CALLIGR, DOUDOU STYLE, ALEX PHOTOGRAH) / LEVALET / PHILIPPE HERARD / FRÈRES COULURES / DEM DILLON / KATRE & SETH-ONE / MR. CHAT / 9E CONCEPT
Alongside this incredible street art collective exhibition are workshops, animations and even bars to grab a drink. This event is not to be missed!
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