I’m always on the lookout to find how street art connects with the city. And thankfully I came across this gem whilst on the way to meet a friend at a bar called La haut in the 20th neighbourhood. Getting to La Haut is a trek, it’s high up, right at the top of rue de Menilmontant. But the bonus is that along the route there’s plenty of Mesnager’s white-painted-stick-people to spot.
So when I spotted this mural by Mesnager, obviously I imagined, well, he’s simply taken the liberty to add this murals, to graffiti the wooden exterior of this apartment block. But no, I googled the name of French architect seeing it inscribed on the building, Phillipe Medoc. He actually commissioned the mural.
The passage is calm and quiet, much like the neighbourhood. And also like bar La Haut, it’s a great find. The bar is friendly and there’s a typical French menu. It’s one of the few bars up at this north-east limit of the Paris, before hitting the periphery. It gives the feeling of being apart from the hustle and bustle. Climbing up the hill to this side of town means there’s always chance of seeing new versions of Mesnager’s work.
Mesnager is one of many artists who responded to the November 2015 attacks by painting images of peace. Mesnager’s white stickman gets pictured in one of the new murals releasing a white dove. Peace!