When you visit a city regularly, you can make time to explore new areas, as well as revisit favourite corners. And you can look for quirky details to photograph as well as the obvious sights.
That was certainly the case on our recent trip to Paris. And there, as I do wherever I go, I was on the look out for colourful and interesting street art in the different neighbourhoods we explored. Remember, street art doesn’t have to be large and dramatic; sometimes the tiniest pieces can be just as interesting and eye-catching.
As we walked around the city, I noticed a number of very similar pieces. These were not painted onto surfaces but were little objects attached to the walls of buildings, often quite high up. The more I looked for them, the more I found.
So when I came home, I started to sort them into groups and to try to find out something about them, with limited success.
One motif I found in several places, but in particular in Montmartre, was of a heart with an A across it. My research revealed that these are the work of one artist, known as A2. According to the Urbacolours website A2 stands for anarchie and amour (love), but also for anarchy squared. If you look closely at my photos you’ll see each heart marked with A2 near the bottom.
Perhaps less appealingly, another recurrent motif was a small colourful skull. But unlike the hearts, I couldn’t find any info about these online – I’m not even sure if they’re all by the same artist. Some were on their own, others clustered with other little bits and pieces.
Another trend in Parisian street art seemed to be the use of tiny mosaic tiles stuck on to a wall to create a bit of art. You can see one in my Beaubourg heart photo above; here are some more.
I even came across a mosaic design on the ground in Beaubourg, already shared in my post about looking down: Ceilings and floors (and pavements and more)
I also found a number of pieces that were more like collages, with paper images arranged and stuck on the wall. These must be very ephemeral, much more so even than regular street art, and I wasn’t quite sure that some could really be called original creations. After all, even I could cut out a drawing and stick it to a wall! But others seemed more imaginative in their combination of different clippings and drew me to photograph them.
These and all of the photos in this post are shared for the Photographing Public Art challenge which this week is hosted by Cee.
I visit Paris often; these photos are all from my 2021 trip