Dysfunctional Spaces: Parisian Art Without Grace

Olivia Walters, These Hidden Streets
June 3, 2017

Last December Lab 14 showcased a dystopian maze of graffiti, movable installations, and sculptures in the Montpartnasse district of Paris in what was once a post-office. Close to fifty artists participated in a project fully-aware of its expiration date just three months later. To some, an ephemeral concept that sought to push urban art beyond its structural limitations, wrote Clémentine Gallot for Libération. Still, the whole sequence honored a grungy ethos in one delicious moment of self-declaration: This is hell on earth and we’re here to welcome you in all of its beautiful impermanence.  Continue reading

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Sighting: Food Truck Takeover

We always hear that French people have an unfavorable impression about American cuisine. It’s greasy, it’s quick, and it’s too salty. However, in the past four years France has witnessed an American culinary invasion with the arrival of food trucks in Paris. Opinions about American dishes are changing as the trend explodes all over the city.

It’s about time the country tried a new taste.

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New Impressionism: Spray Paint

The City of Light is divided into 20 arrondissements and is dotted with expensive boutiques, while the left and right bank are separated by the Seine river. Looming over it all, the Eiffel Tower twinkles at night and makes for a classic selfie during the day. This is the image of Paris that never fails to touch out-of-towners. [Yawn] [Eye roll] It’s old, it’s dusty, it’s time for some new color.

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