It caught my eye …

Street Art, Vol. 2

Today, I was feeling pressure to produce something for you, but the spring semester is off to a busy start, and I haven’t had much time to collect my thoughts and write something evocative, informative, or entertaining for you. I asked myself what I could possibly send your way in lieu of a great historical exposition or witty observation about French culture but I was at a loss. Then it struck me that I’ve been hanging on to a collection of street art photos for the last few months. Perfect! Volume II of the Paris Street Art Collection coming right up …

Like my last volume, this collection is somewhat eclectic. This time around, though, most of the photos are from street art found on the street — literally. I happened across an intersection one afternoon, where an innovative street artist had apparently “drizzled” his or her art on the zebra crossings. Some of the images are really impressive considering the medium. I spent several minutes capturing all of the images, while trying not to be run over by Métro buses or scooters. My fellow pedestrians surely thought I’d lost my mind pacing back and forth in the street clicking away on my iPhone!

This collection certainly isn’t as colorful as the last one, and I’m thinking I should probably call this one the “gray collection.” It is pretty somber, with lots of black and white and shades in between. Then again, that’s exactly what winter’s been like around here. No worries, though — spring is just around the corner, and I’m sure I’ll come across some more vibrant works in the coming weeks. In addition, one of Michel‘s design school classmates just happens to be a talented street artist, and I suspect I’ll have an opportunity to accompany her on a creative outing in the not-too-distant future. That’s just to say that there will definitely be a Volume III

UPDATE: You can also check out other volumes in the street art archives.

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for these often ephemeral works of art. You never know when you might tread on one … and when you do, you never know if public works will be there the very next day to “clean it up.” So, enjoy them while they last!

To open the gallery, simply click on one of the photos below (or on a white space if nothing appears). You will then be able then scroll through all of the photos in a larger format.

© 2013 Samuel Michael Bell, all rights reserved

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