16.6.10

Lézarts de la Bièvre

Since ten years, a number of artists are proposing “open doors” to their studios during a weekend. These studios are more or less to be found along the river Bièvre, which also used to be “open” but today is covered on its way through Paris. (There is a campaign ongoing to make parts of it visible again.)

The event goes under the name “Lézarts de la Bièvre”, playing on the word “lézard” (=lizard), maybe referring to the shape of the course of the river (see the red dotted line) and its former shore occupants, and “les arts” (= the arts). Some hundred ateliers could be visited last weekend.

To guide the visitors, each year an urban artist has been invited to – respectfully - decorate the streets to be followed. This year most of the leading urban artists were invited.

Preceding the weekend these urban artists worked together on a covered part of the little park, Square René-Le-Gall (I will revert on this interesting little park in a future post). Here we can see the result of what “mesnager”, “Jeff Aerosol”, “FKDL”, “Mosko et associés”, “Speedy Graphito”, “janaundjs” and “Artistes Ouvriers” produced.
Of course I could not make the total itineraries proposed, but I walked along some of the streets close to the square and here are some examples of what I found. In addition to the artists mentioned above, there were also some illustrations by another famous urban artist, MissTic.
Of course I also visited some artist studios like a few in this little alley.
To finish my walk I went to the bar “Chez Fernando”, rue Arbalète, which is a meeting point for the Paris urban artists. The shutters of the bar are worth the visit, unfortunately - for the bar owner - even more when the bar is closed. On the photo here we can see “FKDL” (Frank Duval), “Jeff Aerosol” (Jean-François Perroy) and “mesnager” (Jérome Mesnager).
I have already made a number of posts on urban art and graffiti which you are welcome to visit if you are interested.

To finish this post, here is what I have as urban art on my own walls ... plus some kind greetings.

20 comments:

Starman said...

I think another waterway in Paris would be a good thing.

Catherine said...

I would love to do this art tour - one of my favourite things is to look at open studio set ups - looks great..

Olivier said...

bravo, de superbes creations de la part des artistes. en plus tu as ton propre autographe la classe

claude said...

La ruelle est super jolie, pour le reste je suis plus mitigée, Il y a des choses qui me plaisent et d'autre moins. La dernière signature me plait bien.

Cergie said...

Rue de l'Arbalète, elle est fameuse et près de l'Ecole d'Agro qu'a fréquentée mon père... et l'ancienne petite amie de mon plus jeune fils qui me l'a signalée.
Sans doute ces murs vont rester ainsi jusqu'à ce que d'autres pochoirs les remplacent ce qui est le propre de l'art urbain et pendant ce temps l'eau continue de couler dessous ou dessus...

Thérèse said...

A en prendre et à en laisser bien sur mais c'est super intéressant. L'année prochaine, il te faudra donc faire "portes ouvertes" chez toi... ;-)
Comment arrives-tu à être partout à la fois comme çà! Tu dois avoir de beaux mollets!

Marie-Noyale said...

Je prefere ce que tu as chez toi!
J'ai moi aussi un post sur Urban Art mais je ne suis revenue qu'avec un poster!!!

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful and very interesting!
I love BB in that graffiti!
Léia

V Rakesh said...

Wonderful pictures! I am almost always so impressed by the graffiti of the French, that I don't have a lot of words to say, with the exception of saying awesome, which it truly is!

Kate said...

We have several "art crawls" in our fair city but none as imaginative and creative as this!

Owen said...

Excellent !

Especially the ones on your own walls... fabulous...

justdoodleit said...

Wow! I've always wanted to visit Paris and experience its treasure trove of artifacts...This urban art adds a new unknown mix to the landscape. Enjoying my first visit to your blog!

maria said...

This artwork is amazing!

My favorite street artist is BANKSY, from England. (He also has a movie out: "Exit Through the Gift Shop.")

hpy said...

Je n'y peux rien, c'est pas mon truc.

Catherine said...

La plupart des graffiti que je croise ainsi que les chats errants ont droit à leur place dans mon APN. D'ailleurs, tu m'en as piqué quelques uns....Mais comme chacun sait ce genre d'Art appartient à tous.....sauf ceux sur ton mur !

Catherine said...

T'habiterais un squat avec des murs graffités, toi ? Ah bon ?

paris said...

Bel article et belles photos !! je connais cet endroit ... :-) Cette expo en plein air dans les 13eme et 5eme est vraiment fantastique.

Trotter said...

This looks like another itinerary I've to discover myself...

Vagabonde said...

I really like this art. Next time I am in Paris I’ll ask you where I can find some good graffiti. The art on your wall is super nice too.

Nathalie said...

Oh là là, mais où étais-je ? J'ai raté plusieurs posts ! J'adore celui-ci. Cette débauche de créativité sur les murs me plait !