Monday, January 12, 2015

Parisian Street Art: All in the Detail

Parisian Street Art: All in the Detail. Todd's Travels Travel Blog - A little bit out of the ordinary.

I originally had plans to publish this post on Friday and throughout this weekend I've ummed and ahhed about posting this blog, following the recent tragic events.

But watching the marches yesterdays, Paris is defiant. Whilst what happened last week is never going to be forgotten and we will be picking up the pieces of what happened for years to come, Parisians (and the world), for now, have united, regardless of their differences, to condemn the attacks and protect freedom of speech.

Paris nor Parisians have never been ones to cower in the corner.

And neither has its street art.

Street art serves as the ultimate social commentary: hard-hitting, brutally honest with a dash of humour to boot.

Paris Street Art Mural near Centre Pompidou

Paris does it pretty well and whilst its murals like the above are stunning, I think where Paris really comes into play, are the little, blink-and-you-miss-it pieces.

Invader Space Invader Street Art Paris
Invader work Street Art Paris

Like that of probably one of France's most famous street artists: Invader. He found his fame putting up mosaics of those cheeky little critters - Space Invaders. He has since went on to install mosaics in 60 cities in 30 countries and has turned his hand to doing mosaics of Star Wars, Pac-man, Spiderman and Pink Panther among others.

Parisian Street Art in Le Marais
Paris Street Art on Rue Mouffetard, 6th arrondissement
Just Do Art Le Marais Paris Street Art
L'amour est mort street art in Le Marais, Paris
"Love is dead" "Except with a condom"

You may discover street art when you drop something on the ground, you may spot street art when you find yourself lost for the umpteenth time and you may see street art if you only remember to look up (motivation to detach yourself from your phone).

That's the beauty of Paris' street art.

Mannequin street art on Rue Mouffetard, 6th arrondissement, Paris
"Souriez vous êtes filmés" street art in Le Marais, Paris
"Smile, you're on camera."
Miss Tic "Les Actes Gratuits, ont-ils un prix?" street on Rue Mouffetard, 6th Arrondissement, Paris
"Free acts, do they come at a price?" by Miss Tic
"Reconnaissons le féminicide" Street Art in Paris
"Let's acknowledge femicide"

They are everywhere, and these pieces are merely a small selection of the many hidden treasures you could come across.

You only have to look up, or look down, or just have a quick glance sideways to discover it.

Which is your favourite Parisian street art piece?

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