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.
My previous blog, PHO, was in operation for a year as from March 2007. It contains similar posts as this one, basically talking about different well known or more secrete sites in Paris. You can reach it by clicking HERE.