High way, free way

Context. Montreuil is a 100.000 inhabitant city, cut in two parts by the highway A186, a symbolic frontier that pedestrians can only cross at some points, on or under bridges designed in the 1970’s for car only. The upper part, aways from Paris, is not served by the subway, what makes it even more isolated.

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For this project, I joined a group of citizen who organise an ecological festival that takes place on this particular highway since five years, making it become pedestrian for one day, on a 2 kilometers distance. It offers an entire set of activity, music and street art show without any provided source of electric or fossile energy. For this year, the expectation was about more than 30.000 visitors.

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Action. I wanted to offer a space for the visitors to paint, near by the street art show, breaking the barrier between visitors and performers, and still have a nice-looking result at the end.

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Observation. The entire thing worked so well! Still, local graffiti artists get frustrated not to be included in the street art show which became an international event. Two days after the festival, they covered the wall.