Paris inaugurates open-air museum of street art with Portuguese touch

The ‘Boulevard 13’ project is a set of 32 ‘street art’ installations in the 13th district of Paris, in a social housing area, with contributions from the Portuguese artists Pantonio, Add Fuel and Vhils.

On St. Anthony’s Day, Paris also stopped for a popular party, but instead of celebrating sardines or basil, the mayor of the 13th district organized a popular ball to show Parisians and tourists the set of installations of various street art artists.

The intervention of these artists in the 13th district of Paris takes place from 2016, in an area that claims to be the world’s largest museum of ‘street art’.

“I am in favor of the installation of art in the city and we started work in the neighborhood with architects and artists, we noticed that we had more and more ‘street art’ on our walls and coincided with the Itinerrance Gallery coming here. a move that has taken us to this open-air museum with artists from all over the world, including Portuguese, “said 13th District Mayor Jérôme Coumet.

Vincent Auriol Avenue, where most of these works are located, was mostly built in the 1970s and has several social housing buildings.

The ‘street art’ initiative is the result of a partnership between the local association Association of Promotion des Arts Plastiques et Urbains Contemporains, the Chamber of the 13th district (equivalent to the structure of a parish council in Portugal) and the Itinerrance art gallery and has made the neighborhood work.

“First of all, it makes our neighborhood look more beautiful, the inhabitants give a certain pride because they no longer live in a building with a number, live in a building with this image or that figure. And our neighborhood, which is not in the guides of those who visit Paris, is already attracting more people, “said Jérôme Coumet.

The mayor is now promoting a pedestrian walk through the neighborhood with a map that signals all the works.

The intention is that this neighborhood will gain an unexpected artistic dimension and become a true cultural attraction for all who live and visit the French capital.

Janette, who lives on Vincent Auriol Avenue and joined the Santo António party, approves the initiative.

“It’s spectacular, much better than a wall that only degrades and gets ugly or it’s going to be all written down. At least we like to walk here,” said the local resident, who has lived in this neighborhood for more than 60 years.

For Thérese, who recently moved to the area and already knew the neighborhood, this is also an interesting initiative.

“You have already seen some of the murals and it is very beautiful, much better than a completely uniform facade,” said the Parisian.

Among the artists who have contributed to this initiative are names like Shepard Fairey, Invader, D * Face, Seth, Conor Harrington and also the Portuguese Add Fuel, Pantonio and Vhils.

Add Fuel has one of its characteristic tile works at number 135 Avenue Vincent Auriol, and Pantonio is present following this avenue in the Place de la Venétié, with a tangle of birds. Vhils is in the immediate vicinity, at 177 Rue de Chateau des Rentiers, with one of its murals.

For the future, this neighborhood wants to continue enriching the walls of its buildings with works of ‘street art’, had planned to reach the 50 interventions by 2020.


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