- A perfect tour for those want to wander off the beaten track.
- Among the whole art, Charlotte prefers Street Art. Her passion will be contagious.
- Get equipped to fully appreciate a worldwide famous art movement.
- Discover the 20th arrondissement a typical Parisian neighborhood.
Street Art Tour in Paris – Belleville & Menilmontant (Private)
Street art is a world phenomenon and Paris became one of the richest cities on the subject. Naturally, the central, very tourist districts practically lack it, but as soon as you make your way into periphery districts, it’s in full bloom.
Thanks to the Charlotte's relevant eye, you will learn to differentiate tag, sometimes rather ugly, from Street Art, which, on the contrary, testifies of real creativity and holds a message, most of the time of social reach. Artists often began with tags before developing a bigger ambition, for more refined works. Some gables are breathtaking.
Nevertheless, Street art is not a long-lasting achievement. Many works are illegal and thus dedicated to destruction. That’s what makes this walk so interesting… and so fleeting. Works are constantly changing. Some works we’re hoping to see already vanished. Others have just been designed by artists last night. Hence, each street art tour is unique and offers a very private experience.
After meeting with your welcomer, on Oberkampf Street, you will discover works sponsored by an association, called “Le M.U.R”, an acronym meaning “wall” in English, but also Modulable Urbain Réactif (scalable, urban, reactive). It is really the historical and iconic spot of the year for street artists. Here, it’s all about legal Street Art. Le Mur Association support artists and invites them to express themselves alternately on walls. So, decoration changes very fast. But you’ve got still time to take pictures in that street art tour!
You may wonder why the works are usually located very high on the walls, whatever their size. Listen to your welcomer, she’s got the answer. It’s obviously linked with the illegal status of most of Street Art creations.
Sometimes, the paintings are not only high, they’re extremely huge, covering the whole blind side façade of a building. This is the case on Place Fréhel where two frescoes face each other. One is from famous French artist Ben Vautier (or Ben), looking like a school chalkboard, on which are written – in French ‑ the words: “It is necessary to be wary of words”… Funny modulation!
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You will walk down Rue Denoyez, a must-go for every artist living or visiting Paris as this lane is entirely dedicated to Street Art. Walls are covered by colors, patterns, some overlapping others. The graffiti artists can work at any time and maybe while you are there. Fingers crossed! Unfortunately, this set is threatened by a renovation project.
We will also check Paris’ beautiful view from the Belleville Park, where local artists have done murals for the community. An opportunity to realize that street Art is not only made of paint, but could also use mosaics in a very creative way.
During the last part of the street art tour, your welcomer may lead to you to her favorite Street Art piece in this area of Paris. Located Rue des Maronites, it’s a long mural, using mainly blueish shades. Several artists worked there in 2014 to illustrate a common thematic about Dreams. Until now, the fresco survives but always keep in mind that Street Art could disappear as quick as it surges, so make the most of your welcomer’s tour!
Meeting Address: 105 rue d'Oberkampf, Paris - 105 rue d'Oberkampf by the Place Verte Café. Closest metro station: Parmentier (line 3), or Ménilmonant (line 2)
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