I love that this wall incorporates all sorts of street art – photos, drawings, stencils and appliqués (the world-shackled yellow creature, top left, was a piece of wood tacked to the stone). We were wandering around Barcelona one particularly cold and rainy weekend and this was definitely the coolest art find – who needs the Picasso museum when you can get even weirder with a graffiti wall?
I don’t know who made this wall, but I did find some really interesting Italian street artists while doing research last year. Check out my two favorites: there’s BLU, who often collaborates to make stop-motion graffiti videos and has made some provocative murals (look at that and this); and 108, who creates pretty stark, graphic murals (like this and that). Another favorite is JR, a politically active street artist based in France. Like the infamous graffiti artist Banksy, JR has traveled continents with his mural work.
I loved that Cimetière Montmartre was busy with families taking quiet sunday strolls and admiring the gothic-style tombs. I’d never considered a cemetery to be a destination point, but Cimetière Montmartre was, and is – even for those who have no connection to the buried, its a quiet place to wander and reflect. It has gorgeous architecture and color, that ubiquitous Parisian cream and grey tucked in-between trees (I posted another photo of it here). Across the main entrance a modern bridge has been built, all blue steel above limestone. Its an interesting division.