Paris is such a sight to behold. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole wide world. With landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero Gardens, it is no wonder the city of love attracts a lot of tourists every year. In fact, it was the third most visited city in 2018. The Louvre Museum holds the distinction of being the biggest in the whole world. The Musee d’Orsay holds a vast collection of French art. Speaking of art, it is not just these museums that should interest lovers of such. Paris is a treasure trove of street art. If you are interested in exploring street art in Paris, France, these are the best places to go to.
1. Rue Oberkampf
The art that you will find on the Rue Oberkampf depicts life in Paris. This is the street to go to if you want to admire these works while having fun with a beer in hand. Each day you pass you see a new artwork being painted on the sides of buildings, sidewalk benches, and metal door roll-ups. An organization called Le MUR or (Modulable Urbain Reactif) is responsible for most of the work here.
Address: Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France
2. Rue Germaine Taillefaire
This street is relatively new since it was only constructed in 1999. However, since then, it has become a haven of artists who wish to express their thoughts by using it as their canvas. One continuous wall made with one artwork after another will certainly gather your attention. This is the kind of site that can mesmerize even none lovers of art. Recently, the artist known as Marko93 or DarkVapor used this whole wall to express his art. The technique he uses is light painting.
Rue Germaine Taillefaire
Address: Rue Germaine-Tailleferre, 75019 Paris, France
3. The Left Bank
Located in the 13th arrondissement, The Left Bank or Rive Gauche is found on the south side of the River Seine. Its streets are known to be artists’ havens not only for the French but also for those who are famous internationally. One such artist, Vhils, has his work on display here. A renowned Portuguese graffiti artist, he and other painters center their work on the social, political, cultural, and traditional aspects of the city. Most of these are done in modern contemporary fashion and are easily appreciated by the beholder.
The Left Bank
Address: Rive Gauche, 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 15th arrondissement, Paris, France
4. Boulevard de la Villette
This boulevard serves as the boundary of the 10th and the 19th arrondissement and it is located in the northern part of the city. It is known for its beautiful buildings and famous landmarks. The Paris born artist, Lazoo, has his name written all over Boulevard de la Villette. His depiction of a turntable, vinyl record, arrows, stars, old speakers, and a dancing lady is one of the works that capture the hearts of passersby. This is just one of the works that can certainly steal your attention and captivate your heart.
Boulevard de la Villette
Address: Boulevard de la Villette, 75019 Paris, France
5. Rue Laurence Savart
Rue Laurence Savart has long been a sanctuary for street artists like Mosko et associes. It is a wall where two leopards are seen to rule the land, creating a sort of safari look. The cobbled streets and narrow alleys are filled with such art and other forms of works from different artists. Street art here has a history that goes back to 1947. Today, it still continues to grow without any limits in the near future. Even though this street is short compared to others, it is rich in artists’ rendition of life.
Rue Laurence Savart
Address: Rue Laurence Savart, 75020 Paris, France
6. Rue Riquet
Rosa Parks, the American civil rights leader, and her accomplishments, served as the inspiration of a particular artwork on Rue Riquet. This 500-meter-long (1640-foot) masterpiece is the work of not just a single artist. No less than five renowned artists worked hand in hand to come up with this beautiful mural. More importantly, four out of the five are women. The five who worked on this are France’s Katjastroph, Zepha, and Kashink, American Tayanah Fazlalidadeh, and Colombian Bastardilla.
Address: Rue Riquet, 75018 Paris, France
7. Rue des Cascades
Rue des Cascades simply translates to Road of Waterfalls. The name fits the street because when it comes to street art, it has a waterfall of offerings. These works of art just never end. Anywhere you look, you will find something worthy of your admiration. One of the works that might attract your attention is one by Australian artist, James Cochran. Done in the style of Vincent Van Gogh, the work shows what seems like the River Seine and a woman admiring the structures on the other side.
Rue des Cascades
Address: Rue des Cascades, 75020 Paris, France
8. Rue Saint-Maur
Rue Saint-Maur is fast becoming one of the best streets where street artists put up their work. Here, the street walls are their favorite canvasses. Near its junction with another famous street for artists, Rue Oberkampf, stands one of the more famous works in the area. This artwork was painted by local artist Kashink and has gathered second and third looks from viewers. Kashink is fast becoming the most active female artist in the city. Her works have drawn comparisons to that of Frida Kahlo’s.
Address: Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris, France
9. Place Igor Stravinsky
Place Igor Stravinsky or Stravinsky Square or Stravinsky Fountain is a fun place in the heart of Paris. The playful design of the fountain makes for the perfect backdrop for artists to put up their artworks along the adjacent streets. In fact, the fountain itself is filled with whimsical sculptures that certainly attract the attention of both locals and tourists. However, there is one artwork that takes the cake from the rest. It is painted on one building’s gable wall. Famed urban artist, Jef Aerosol, painted this and called it ‘Chuuuttt!’
Place Igor Stravinsky
Address: Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris, France
Quite a number of local graffiti artists take to Belleville to promote and create their artwork on its streets. The art scene in this area is still in its infancy but the number of artists flocking to it has been growing in recent years. The most famous streets where art dominates is Rue de la Fontaine au Roi and Rue Denoyez. One of the most viewed work here is by Italian artist Alice Pasquini. Her work connotes femininity in all aspects.
Address: Belleville, 75020 Paris, France
Adding luster to the city
Artists seem to love to paint the streets of the city of love and romance. This street art of graffiti paintings adds more luster to the city. These artists make Paris more beautiful.
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