During the 1990’s, the shop owners in Rue Cavalotti – on the fringes of Montmartre - decided to make something to hopefully escape from tagging on their front stores. They asked some urban artists to make illustrations, inspired by some famous painters.
I made a post about it in June 2007 … and another one in September 2007, where we could see that in the meantime the taggers had destroyed most of the efforts.
Now, supported by some official (including the mayoralty of 18th arrondissement) and private initiatives, the stores have been cleaned and decorated in a different way, inspired by posters for the nearby music halls, theatres, cinemas…, as they were a century or a few decades ago. (A few of them remain.) The “inauguration” took place mid-October. Hopefully the taggers will pay a bit more respect to this effort.
Another sign that urban artists are getting some official support took place end October. Again supported by among others the local mayoralty (11th arrondissement), some urban artists had decorated a number of front stores on Rue de la Folie Méricourt and the Mayor invited some urban art fans – like me - to an official “opening”. This was a normal week day and of course the stores were temporarily closed just for a demonstration. To see them, you should rather come back late in the evening or a Sunday. Some of the artists were present and posed in front of the stores … and it all ended by a nice gathering around some wine and small things to eat … and with an official nice and optimistic inauguration speech by the Mayor (also MP).