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Street art in Butte-aux-Cailles


street-art-02.jpgThe street art is not allowed everywhere in Paris. Districts, such as Marais or the Latin Quarter are strictly controlled. However, there are some other districts in Paris in which the illegal night artists create more or less freely. For exemple, in the districts such as Montmartre, Belleville or Butte-aux-Cailles.

Artists from various countries, with various techniques create. Except those classical ways of artistic decorating of buildings and fences, we can notice more and more various ecologically friendly ways of creating, for exemple humus, which after regular watering turns into grass, this art being called "yarn bombing". Another original technique is knitting, called "tricograffitti" or the paintings which are visible only in the rain.

street-art-03.jpg"Street art" started to develop in France in the 60-ies of the last century. In 1961 as a protest against the Berlin wall, in 1970 in the subway there appear the graffiti as a protest against Hiroshima, illegal artists paint on the trains, walls, palisades. The police makes repressions, they have the graffiti cleaned and the artists react by mosaics, which cannot be washed.

From 2010 the "street art" gets also to the galleries. As soon as it leaves the street, it is not the street art anymore. If the art is stolen from the street, it has no value. However, the street art bought in the gallery can be very valuable.

The most known French street artist is Jef Aerosol. He is the author of a famous wall painting by the modern colourful fountain Stravinski by the Georges Pompidou centre – a huge human head with a raised forefinger, a gesture to make a silence.

street-art-04.jpgMany street artists after years leave the night illegality and nowadays work only for orders. The oldest Parisian street artist is over 80-years old woman, drawing the cats and signing her drawings Missekat.

The street paintings are ephemeral, they change from week to another, the artists react to the works of the others, to a wall painting they respond by another painting. If the police catches the illegal painter, he can be fined from 1500 euro up to 37 500 euro and can even get to the prison for two years.

The art is also to know when and where the artist can paint on the walls of the buildings.
Source of information: Axelle from the Parisian blog ParisZigZag