When I met Mehdi from Galerie Itinerrance in Paris at the Mausolee exhibition, little did I know that we would be involved in an ambitious project with Shepard Fairey a few weeks later. Working jointly with the Mairie of 13th district and the local community on a project called Street Art 13, they help regenerate the area by providing big walls to talented artists. After seeing this massive 14 storey building, I joined the project and we agreed that it would be awesome to have an Obey mural in Paris. Luckily Shepard Fairey was not only interested, but also wanted to paint the wall instead of putting paste-ups. So exciting!!!
Full set of pics by Butterfly here
Due to the enormous size of the wall, an authorisation from the local authorities was needed. However this entire project has been totally unfunded and all the participants and organisers have volunteered, so we would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the contributors for their time, hard work and making this happen:
Shepard Fairey, the Obey Giant team with Dan, Nick and Z, the organisers with Mehdi from Galerie Itinerrance, Jerome Coumet from Mairie du 13e, Butterfly as well as Mahmoud Belakhel, Ingrid Zeller, Matthieu Soudet, Romain Paget, Julien Hogert, Jonathan Ricquebourg, Rebecca Topakian, Pierre Bézard, Laura Fernandes, Maïa, Marouène, Valentine Poutignat, Julien Soudet, Felipe Quintelas, Fabio Caldironi, Kan, Sowat, Herve, Hugo Vitriani, Patrice Grellet, Philippe Langlois and the residents of the building.
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