This graffiti hoarding conceals a cafe where I used to hang out on a Sunday morning, a convenient spot to meet friends. In February though, a fire ravaged its whole interior. The place was/is called Cafe Monde et Médias. But out of the ashes, dare to say, a phoenix has risen and in the form of what’s almost a ‘building of graffiti’.
The first time I spotted the murals I’d been passing through Place de La Republique on my bike. Created by a French graffiti art collective. Recently Place de La Republique became a very strange place to be. It’s the place people manifested in response to the January attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices. Today you’ll see homeless, Roma, skaters, workers, tourists each getting along there.
And getting along seems to be the theme of the artworks and murals painted on these 3m high hoardings – a feeling of improvised freestyling. A conversation between artists. This is the second layer of mural artworks to have appeared, where artists Katre, Nebay and Swiz leave their auras, getting replaced with fresh works from Mr Blok, King Fusk, Limo and Faki et al.
Cafe Monde et Médias | Art & culture, Relaxing
Place de La Republique
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