Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Street Art Paris

I've been interested in street art for a few years, since I had a case in NYC defending a young man charged with making graffiti.

To me, there is a difference between street art and graffiti.  Graffiti, in my mind, is "tags" like names, nicknames, or gang symbols. We had a lot of graffiti in my neighborhood in Jersey City, and I didn't like it.

Street art makes an area more beautiful, brightens your day, and brings color to a drab cityscape. Now, obviously there's the question of whether the building owner wants the addition to their building, and that's what makes in controversial.

On our honeymoon in Paris I saw a lot of great street art.

One of the more famous examples of street art is the "space invaders" by Invader which can be spotted all over Paris, if you have a keen eye.

Some of the most clever art I enjoyed was made with stickers on existing street signs. 
In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, even the crosswalk man carries a baguette.

This last one was in the red light district, obviously!

And some more traditional street art:

I loved the street art in Paris that I picked up this great book to help me remember all of the great art I didn't get a chance to photograph. It's a pretty great little book of photos.

Coming soon... a few great street art photos I snapped in Iceland!

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