Paris has produced some of the most prolific, though not always the most renowned, street artists. SpaceInvader may be the most famous, his works plastered on many street corners, giving a commentary on the area, the building, or the street itself.
Clet Abraham, a French artist who now lives in Florence, has a good amount of work displayed around the city as well. He usually turns “Do Not Enter” signs into more interesting and often humorous displays, though I’ve seen other wok of his beyond this one canvas. His message is simple – question the authority telling you what to do; think twice before you obey.
There are many others, and though tagging and vandalism are rampant in Paris, the art is also quite abundant and expressive. We found the obligatory Shepard Fairey “OBEY” and a possible Bankse, though who can be sure anymore.
Paris is an artist’s city. And though it is an expensive city, and a fairly dirty city compared to some of the cities I consider its counterpart – such as Prague – it is full of inspiration and possibility. Here are some other great works around the city.