Each metro line in Paris has its flagship station. Along line 5 I’ll usually get off at metro Ourcq if I’m in the mood to stroll down to Paris’ contemporary park called parc de la Villette (check the Parc de la Villette article). The station along from metro Ourcq is closer to Parc de la Villette, but taking a detour via metro Ourcq is shoe leather well spent.
Firstly, along the platform there’s a permanent lighting installation which emits a spectrum of colour into the ceramic white tiles which plate the ceiling. The effect is charming. See the lights at least once and you’ll feel elated.
Metro Ourcq is on the edge of one of Paris’ more well known street art neighbourhoods, the 20th. And the first time I recall seeing this permanent lighting installation it made me curious. I thought, well, I know this neighbourhood already for its kaleidoscopic street art.
So by conclusion I figured the permanent lighting installation is simply a reflection of a spirit. It extends the luminosity and colour to any everyday ordinary metro ride. So why not plan a route by way of visiting some of Paris’s more inspiring metro stops, metro Ourcq included.