See Paris through the eyes of its street artists on an alternative 3-hour walking tour to discover urban graffiti, an artist-run gallery, and public…
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I loved the walk through Oberkampf & Belleville, and all of the street art we saw. Virginie's explanations of street art culture was so interesting and lively. She really brought all of the art to life with fascinating background and personal stories.
Thanks to our guide Demian, who is very qualified in what he is talking about, the whole trip trough 11th and 20th arrondissements was an extremely enjoyable pleasure. Apart from drawing the groups attention to places, corners and walls one would not automatically focus on as a tourist (and thereby influencing everyones perception of the city in a very special way), he was keen on giving information about the artists background, their lives and professional work. Another important part of the experience was the ambiguity of the artists lives and works that Demian commented on. Being a student of arts and having exhibitions with artworks worth heaps of money may go along with painting doors and walls in some backyard of any eastern arrondissement and being arrested for it. This contradiction was communicated throughout the guides whole personality, which made the whole tour authentic and credible.
I took this tour on my 4rd day in paris, and my only regret is that I couldn't do it on my first day. Alex was a great guide who not only pointed out some amazing pieces, but also gave you a deeper look into the culture and thought behind some of the artists that you were seeing. He helped you understand that pretty much any of the pieces of art that were on display, could be gone in a matter of hours. It allowed you to feel a true connection to the chaos that is and should be art. Aside from that, he delved deeper into the history of Street Art, and explained how it evolved. On top of the great tour, you were also left with a sense of wanting to find more of these temporary masterpieces as you walked around this beautiful city. My Girlfriend and I spent the next two days searching for pieces while enjoying the sites. I've actually already contacted one of the artists that we saw and purchased two of his pieces. Take this tour, you will not regret it at all.
My family and I ( 18, 19,21,48,53 & 73 yrs ) all had a fabulous morning with Alex (our guide) We all have a strong curiosity with urban art and loved that we saw works by artists that we have heard about but not seen original pieces. Alex was warm and generous with his knowledge which he shared and was happy to learn from what we had seen in Australia . I wish this tour had gone for longer ! Michelin stars ***** for Alex from the Fremantle family.
The experience was nice overall. The guide was good, smiling and knowledgeable, but she didn't seem extremely passionate about street art, or actually part of the culture. The tour could be MUCH better imho if the guide would be an actual street artist or member of a graffitty crew who could share actual personal experiences of what the life of a street artist is! (Another suggestion would be to actually bring a spray can and let the tour members try their hands at tagging or smth easy, maybe clock everyone and have the winner be the fastest tagger etc., or something else more "hand on" or interactive :) ...though I know this would be really hard work for the guide)