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Street Art Paris: Vitry-sur-Seine, the capital of Street Art

Did you know that Paris and its surroundings are the home to some of the most exciting Street Art in Europe – even the world?

Sometimes it’s worth getting a little out of town to visit something really special. Vitry-sur-Seine (Val de Marne) is a popular city on the outskirts of Paris. A grey city without personality, in last 5 years has become the perfect workshop for street artists from all around the world. With around a hundred international artists and more than 400 graffiti works, Vitry is nowadays one of the best cities to discover Street Art.

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STREET ART PARIS: THE STORY OF VITRY SUR SEINE

Street Art starts in Vitry in 2009 when Christian Guémy, a worldwide known graffiti artist better known as C215, decided to make Vitry his new playground. He first started painting portraits of his daughter so she would know her dad was thinking of her while she was away at school! After some time, many city walls were decorated with C215’s colorful graffiti and some of his friends decided to join the project, becoming Vitry a playground for this kind of urban art.

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Through the word of mouth, people learned about these beautiful graffiti and soon Vitry saw its first curious visitors, equipped with their cameras. Today the phenomenon is so important for the city that the city hall proposes different guided walks to discover this interesting heritage.

GRAFFITI HUNTING

Actually, there is no need for a guided visit, all Vitry-sur-Seine is full of graffiti as cool as these ones shown. So don’t worry and wander without any direction, just like the locals do, and keep your eyes open! You may spot his huge murals on the side of buildings or vibrant portraits mixed amidst the work of other local artists.

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If you are more organized and you don’t want to miss anything you can still discover these graffiti by yourself with the help of this map

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The most popular street artists in the area are C215, Jef Aérosol, Seth, Mosko & associated, Artistes Ouvrier, Mr. A and Jerome Mesnager. Click on the links and have a look at their facebook pages, they are really cool.

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If you want to know more about graffiti in Vitry we recommend reading this article  by Le Figaro (in French)

If you go to Vitry Sur Seine let us know what you found. You can send your Vitry’s favorite shot to our facebook page, we will be happy to share it in the main space!

 

VITRY SUR SEINE: PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Vitry-sur-Seine is in Val de Marne Department. You can reach Vitry with the RER E, station Vitry-sur-Seine.

 

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47 Comments

  • Reply
    Agness of aTukTuk
    05/12/2017 at 1:29 pm

    I love Paris, especially because of the magnificent street art! Thanks for bringing this place closer!

    • Reply
      WorldInParis
      05/12/2017 at 8:35 pm

      thanks to you for your kind comment! so maybe you will be happy with the next post . . . 😉

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    sophie
    02/16/2017 at 5:11 am

    Well Well, those are some breathtaking paintings 🙂

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      WorldInParis
      02/20/2017 at 10:45 pm

      And there are many more . . . 🙂

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    neha
    12/10/2016 at 3:55 pm

    I paint , I love art. This post was an absolute delight to go through. I wish all streets across the world were painted in vibrant colors like these

    • Reply
      WorldInParis
      01/04/2017 at 2:29 pm

      It would be a much more beautiful world 🙂

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