Posts Tagged ‘street art’
Stepping out of the London Coffee Festival, I could not resist wandering through colourful Shoreditch. It has always been the core of the street art world, even more so now. To the point that I sometimes wondered whether the pieces were indeed camouflaged in the urban jungle or whether the buildings were starting to be the ones hiding behind all these murals! A few pictures of this safari:
These days, my steps always seem to take me back to the Canal Saint-Martin. Time has a different essence here. No one ever rushes. Is it the soothing quality of walking along the water, the succession of romantic bridges and locks, neo-bistrots, trendy cafés, dream-like bookshops, poetry on the walls, between geometry of vintage tiles and street art blooming everywhere… More pictures and our favourite foodie places here.
A stroll on Nantes island is like entering another dimension entirely. Such a mix of fascinating architecture – sometimes modern, sometimes surreal, some other times inherited from an industrial past. And yet, there is so much space, the sky always so present, almost no traffic, such a sense of peacefulness, wild flowers. Even street art blooms on the wall. You will meet the colourful cat of La Fabrique and the giant elephant walking around, splashing passers-by, machine of wood and metal. You can dream on the carrousel des mondes marins, fantastic fishes and flying shells inspired by Nemo… or throw a few balls around the basketball tree. Further on, Buren’s rings are framing the clouds. There a few cafés at the Hangar à Bananes, you could enjoy a Flower Power beer, infused with petals and just sigh in happiness…
Artistic laboratory – so perfectly named. Here are simmering a thousand culturel projects, concerts, exhibitions, ideas of all sorts. The architecture is fascinating indeed, metallic lace, ribbons of red plastic, a glaxy of folding and unfolding triangles, like a cocoon about to open up. Here, a truck has been encapsulated, there a giant cat crosses a concrete wall, further on, an urban garden playing on recycling. Extraordinarily inspiring.
62 Boulevard de la Prairie au Duc
The first visit to Brighton usually is for the seaside - waves, pier, fisn’n'chips on the beach… It is only later you will fall in love with the North Laines, those narrow streets vibramt with life, colours, independant boutiques, cafés, vintage finds, design treasures. Keep your eyes open for the fantastic murals in that neighnourhood!
You have seen them in the most beautidul cities, those love locks. Paris, Millenium bridge… Initial, a message, symbol of endless love. Did you know a fence is dedicated to them too close to Shoreditch Station? Go on - add yours. if not for the romance, just say it is your contribution to street art!