Thursday, June 18, 2009

flue up, way up

from drainpipes to chimney flues, the creative efforts of determined [and courageous!] artists appear wherever visible...
even an "established" graffiti artist like MESNAGER managed to find a way to fly/climb/tele-transport up this enormous chimney to place one of his corps blanc...perhaps an exhortation to keep at it until galleries and museums acknowledge your persistance and/or talent for such things and you are finally worth the price of admission...

[Rue de la Villette]

[Jerôme MESNAGER invented l'Homme en blanc way back in 1983 as "un symbole de lumière, de force et de paix" that is so ubiquitous now they are seen the world over...his site has the coolest video of where all his white ghostmen have roamed.]

5 comments:

Peter said...

As you may have noticed, I have done quite a few "urban art" posts lately. I missed this Mesnager one! Where? :-)

Adam said...

I know this one - it's just off the Rue de Belleville in the 19th, on the Rue de la Villette I believe. It's obviously part of some amazing loft apartment, so my guess is that he was invited up there to do the work - it may even be his own house!

Gina V said...

Salut Peter et Adam!
I did put the name of the street at the bottom, above Mesnager's name...[Peter has "trained" me to be more conscientious with including addresses and locations!]

And the atelier below the chimney has my name on it when I win the lotto!!

Have you checked his site...the video set to music is wonderful to watch...

Peter said...

Thanks for very complete and nice answer!

Owen said...

Hi Gina, great find there... I've been a "fan" of Mesnager since I first saw some of his work in the late 80's... if you have a minute (sorry for the shameless self promotion) take a look in the index at the bottom of my sidebar, by clicking "Jermome Mesnager" you can see a few others of his homme blanc from around Paris...

Since seeing his work, I've done some cheap imitations in various places where I was doing painting work, usually in the primer phase, and then they'd get painted over... but it was fun trying to imagine working like that in odd places...