Street Art and Urban Design in Paris

Paris is a beautiful city. But in addition to historic landmarks and incredible museums are nuggets of street art  and very smart urban design. Here are some things that caught my eye on a recent visit to see my family on my way to the Wild10 Conference in Spain. Public and street art is everywhere. You just have to look for it. Mixing formal and “informal” art in a city makes it interesting.

From a public photography display on the quay of the Seine near the Eiffel Tower.

From a public photography display on the quay of the Seine near the Eiffel Tower.

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More and more people are using bicycles in Paris. Here are some cyclists near the Eiffel Tower with a new pocket park behind them.

These little "pocket parks" of trees can be found everywhere. A very smart way to green up the city.

These little “pocket parks” of trees can be found everywhere. A very smart way to green up the city.

A blue whale on the Seine.

A blue whale on the Seine. Part of the “NuitBlanche” festivities.

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Ice art at the Swedish Cultural Center in the Marais.

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Art made using ice in Sweden. We met the artist who did this-very interesting. The exhibit was free and open to the public.

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This was tucked away in the corner of a wall in the Marais.

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A door in the Marais.

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On the Rue de Rosier in the Marais.

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In the Marais.

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I love the trees in the middle of Montmartre.

I love the trees in the middle of Montmartre.

I love these public cement ping pong tables in a park.

I love these public cement ping pong tables in a park.

Community gardens at the edge of Paris in Suresnes.

Community gardens at the edge of Paris in Suresnes.

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The WiLDCOAST Ensenada Ocean Art Wall

Our WiLDCOAST staff in Ensenada (Baja California, Mexico) worked with local artists to create this super cool mural in the surfing and fishing community of El Sauzal. Due to the prevalence of graffiti it is critical to create ocean art that educates the public and inspires people to love our coast and ocean. It was very cool to work with Napenda Love, a hip hop and visual artist who helped us carry out projects in southern Baja. DSC_1632

 

 

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Napenda Love some rhyming at the opening of the wall.

Napenda Love some rhyming at the opening of the wall.

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Paris in the Fall

I spent a weekend in Paris with my father in October 2011 after I attended the Global Wave Conference in the Basque County. The short visit including seeing my familys tour of my favorite neighborhoods including the Ile Saint-LouisLeft Bank, Le Marais, Place de Vosges, Montmartre, and then the overwhelming art of the Musee d’Orsay.

I visited the Sunday market in Suresnes with my cousin Jerome, and we had a great time drinking espresso with his friends, Fabien the butcher and Michel the vegetable seller.


I lived in Le Marais in the summer of 1974 and the winter/spring of 1985, so it was nice to return. I love Paris. It is a beautiful city, filled with art, great food and very stylish people. Montmartre is such a cool neighborhood-an incredible mix of tourist kitsch, cool street art, hip boutiqes, and edgy and touristy galleries. My aunt and uncle and cousins live there now.

With my family in Paris in Montmartre.

With my father and my cousin Jerome in front an apartment in Le Marais where I had lived and where my family has lived since the 1890s.

My Aunt Liliane with my father at a cafe on the Ile Saint-Louis which overlooks the Seine and the Notre Dame. My favorite spot in Paris.

I loved this public art in Montmartre

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