The largest space for graffiti artists in Paris was recently created along rue d'Aubervilliers, which separates the 18th and 19th arrondissements. It is parallel to the train tracks (SNCF walls make the best graffiti spaces) running from Gare de l'Est and has taken the name Rosa Parks because it is very close to the new RER station of the same name.
It also has the advantage of being just a few blocks from where I live, so I went to examine it today. Coming from home, it actually begins on the Pont Riquet.
Even though most of the artists are graffiti artists, the wall is not a random work and was fully planned ahead of time.
That artist has covered the 18th and 19th arrondissements and maybe some others with those creepy 4-eyed people. They look vaguely like Hindu gods or whatever, but I don't know if any of them have extra eyes except in the middle of their forehead.
Yes, I loved the Arabic calligraphy (and the multilingual calligraphy) and the birds, but also find the four-eyed people creepy, and not because they are four-eyed; there is something disagreeable about them.
I've come back to view the wall again in more detail. The birds are definitely outstanding. Although the 'four-eyed' heads are colourful they don't appeal to me but I do really like the writing - on the one that says "Freedom Highway' - I think its wonderful. Looking forward to seeing how they are getting on.
I presume that you can walk down the street for free when they aren't doing "visites"...
To be honest, I wouldn't pay that for a guided tour, unless it were curated better. There is some outstanding artwork, but also a lot of crap. I'm not referring to the four-eyed people I don't like, as the artist has obvious technical skill, but some of the stuff is rank amateurish and simply bad.
Art truly is universal. Many of the ones featured in this latest post might come from any part of the world. The penultimate one has a certain look that I have seen around where I live, but don't know enough about the evolution of wall art to say how that comes about. For something that is so highly visible, it's remarkably difficult to find out who did what. Even Déco, who signed his/her piece and left an email address, remains elusive in my googling efforts.