Street art often has the ability to transform everyday objects from the mundane into something extraordinary and humorous. The French street artist Le CyKlop – whose name refers to the Greek mythological creature, Cyclops – has been transforming parking posts/bollards along the streets of Paris into colourful and playful one-eyed characters.
The posts photographed above are located in the Bastille district of Paris and have been painted with a distinct animal theme – zebra, leopard patterns etc. On LeCyKlop’s Twitter page it states ‘The Cyklop invade the city and watch people in their big single eyes…’ and their dotted presence across the city could perhaps be interpreted as a reverse ‘big brother’ spying back on the spies. Interestingly and like many other street artists, Le CyKlop started his work without permission but public support was so strong in the city the government allowed some of his imaginative creations to stay.
His official website lecyklop.com (in French) includes a map with the locations of the made over posts across the French capital as well as an online shop with monster inspired products. Follow him on Twitter @LeCyKlop to keep up to date on his latest work.