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Street Art: the Parisian charm

Street Art: the Parisian charm

For this new school year 2022, Square's group has decided to turn again to art and more particularly to street art, commonly called "Street art". Indeed our dear and tender capital offers mythical places to contemplate artistic masterpieces of urban art, authentic places that gather every year curious people from all over the world.

1- Fluctuart: urban art center where graffiti takes to the sea

On a barge along the Seine, you can discover the first floating urban art center in the world. At the foot of the Invalides, this atypical place is distinguished by its modularity, its structure and its accessibility in order to offer a cultural showcase to all. 
You will find 3 spaces including an exhibition room, the main deck and the rooftop which opens during the beautiful days.
These three places are served and connected by a vertical patio that goes from the Seine to the sky. At the foot of this patio, the visitor has his feet in the water as the Seine enters the building.
The site offers a rich program with :

- Three major temporary exhibitions per year

- A permanent collection of the biggest names in street art

- A snack bar and bar activity

- A specialized bookshop

- Cultural events

- Creative workshops 

- A rooftop 

- Occasional artists' residencies

2- Boulevard Paris 13 : Street art fresco

You can walk around Boulevard Paris 13 to discover splendid graffiti. This is a collaboration between the city hall of the 13th district and the specialized gallery Itinerrance with a precise goal, to make this district an open air museum.
Since 2009, 35 frescoes have been painted by 26 artists from all over the world and not the least: Obey, C215, Inti, Seth, D'Face, AddFuel, Maye, Zabou, and many others.... 

For lovers of urban art, this neighborhood is ideal to contemplate a few kilometers of very original frescoes like the young girl with a can of paint by Bom-k, ready to put color in the city, the pin-up cartoon of D'Face who brings a burst of gaiety and glamour in the neighborhood, the Bolivian carnival clown dressed in a patchwork of colorful fabrics by INTI or the famous Geisha of Hush who mixes Asian culture and pop art.

3- Canal Saint-Denis : Street Art Avenue 

Another place that stands out in the street art landscape: the Saint-Denis Canal. 
The project was launched by the Tourist Office of Plaine Commune Grand Paris in 2016, Street Art Avenue calls on artists to revalue this part of the canal between the Parc de la Villette and the Stade de France. Stencils, graffiti, collages and frescoes line the banks, with five new works added each year. 

You can come on foot or by bike, it's an opportunity to discover works by Seth, Polar or Zest, and many other artists from the North-East of Paris. The project grows every year with 25 works reflecting a great diversity of techniques and influences.

4- The Stravinksy Fountain

The Stravinsky Fountain (or Fountain of Automata) located in front of Ircam and the Pompidou Center was created in 1983 as a result of a collaboration between Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle.
The fountain makes the link between the modernity of the Pompidou Center and the Gothic arches of the Church of Saint Merri. It is a work that combines the architectural elements of the place while underlining the dynamism of this district of Paris. 
It offers a striking contrast between the 580m² of water and the mineral space of the square. In addition to the artistic aspect, you can discover a musical show and water theater. 

A restoration should then take place from June to October 2022, before a resting and commissioning in the fall, and the inauguration of the fountain in March 2023.

5- Montmartre: an atypical charm 

You have to climb into Paris to see the street art of Montmartre. There are graffiti painted by famous street artists like Mr. Chat or the faces painted by Codex Urbanus. You can discover works of art everywhere: on the walls, the posts or the gutters. The district is very touristy. 
The hillock is rich in nooks and crannies full of mural art. If some works will remain, others will fade away like the ephemeral name of their author, while the students of fine arts find here an ideal ground of expression.
The Lovers' Quarter has become an essential place for urban art and it continues to fascinate artists.

Paris is an attractive city where art is omnipresent.
You'll need good shoes to explore every corner of our capital. A city where you are free to express your emotions through different art forms that make our streets so charming.
And you, what is your favorite place in Paris to admire works of street art?