1) I burn money 2) I like being a sl*t 3) I want to die 4) Look back, there is a pickpocket behind you. 5) Don’t fall in love in Barcelona 6) Barcelona is a stage 7) Make yourself heard! 8) There is always a hero 9) Once upon a time…
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.
A recent article published by Bloomberg discusses how Paris has become the centre of street art and on a recent weekend trip to the ‘City of Lights‘ this accolade certainly proved true. Despite the 37c heat I sought out my favourite street art find from last year’s 3 hour street art tour organized by Underground Paris.
Rue Dénoyez, located in the district of Belleville, is a legal graffiti wall covered from top to bottom with colourful paste ups, 3d art and objects such as mosaics, jewelry, coins and my favourite childhood board-game Rummicub. There are also several galleries where you can purchase recent art work.