Skin of the girafe

Context. There is a public square in Montreuil that is surrounded by a grey wall, 2,5 meters high. It is wanting to become a gathering point for all the neighborhood, especially families. Inside is the “citizen’s house”, where local democracy sessions happen every month.

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Action. I wanted to offer free areas for citizen to express themselves with color, and to still have a harmonious-looking result at the end. I asked to a local street artist, Mosko & Associes to contribute with his stencil animals. We designed the one-day painting process together.

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Observation. I had to convince people from the neighbourhood council. They where scared about colouring a public wall because they did not want it to become a graffiti spot. I really had to think about how the painting would stay and resist the graffiti threat. I decided to leave empty free-expression plots for graffiti to be included in the composition when they appear. It worked!