From our personal trendwatcher in Paris, Valentine Croughs
TAKING OVER THE TOWN : Space Invader
Under cover of darkness, increasing numbers of artists are letting their imagination run wild on the walls of our urban jungles.
Street art is flourishing. One of these pictorial minstrels has emerged from the pack as his mural creations have transformed Paris walks into a colourful and unexpected journey… through space.
Graffiti, stencils, mosaics, collages, posters… are today widely recognised as a new form of art: Street Art. As we wonder through our towns and cities, we cannot help but be drawn to the anonymous, underground and seemingly spontaneous decorations that surround us.
As a result, all shapes and sizes of these transient creations are regularly photographed by passers-by, as they become immortalised as an inherent and notable dimension of the experiences that towns have to offer to their guests.
Residents are becoming increasingly aware of the lure of these works of art as the town increasingly accepts them as part of its cultural identity and heritage.
Space is freed up to allow for further urban creativity allowing this originally forbidden art to be increasingly recognised, giving new artists permission to shine.
Paris is mostly known for its Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame. But weaving its way between these historical masterpieces, a new and alternative tour of the “City of Lights” offers a surprising and unexpected way of discovering its hidden treasures.
We owe its existence to Paris’ renowned serial urban decorator: Space Invader. Ever since 1996, inspired by the homonymous seventies video-game, this Beaux-Arts graduate has scattered no fewer than 1000 small mosaics depicting the world-famous pixelated aliens around town. And the invasion is not exclusive to the French capital!
Fourty towns around the globe, from London to Tokyo, via Rome and, of course, Brussels, have since been visited by the curious extra-terrestrials.
Get ready look up and space-walk through town!
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