quatre murs peints – no hiding here!

There is a spot at 169 bd Vincent Auriol where you can see four large murals at once. Boulevard Vincent Auriol, presqu’au croisement avec la rue du Château-des-Rentiers.

looking up at a couple of high rise apartment blocks where you can see 4 murals painted on exterior walls

On the far left is a mural by Wen2 and Pakone called “Les Perdrix ” . I’m not sure what “Partridges” have to do with it, but below is a clearer view.

mural painted by wen 2 and paxone on the outside of a multistorey residential building, features a large black and white lighthouse, a jetty, wood buildings on the dock, a girl sitting on the dock, a small boat in the water, a water tower structure with crazy p written on it

Sitting on the dock.  Watching the world?  What thoughts could be going through her head? From this angle, the calligraphy on the black and grey mural is also in focus.  It is a poem,  ‘The Time of Your Life’ by William Saroyan, written in the artist’s own very stylized English script and it covers the entire side of the building.  The artist is Cryptik, a Korean-American.  I’m sorry that I don’t have a more complete picture of the mural.

les perdrix, a mural by wen 2 and paxone, showing old wood buildings or shacks, on a dock, one is cafe du port, some sea gulls flying around

The dominant mural in the top picture, the mural with the brightly colored sun is ‘Sun-Daze’ painted in painted April 2019 by Hownosm. How and Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perré) are identical twin brothers. The lower part of the mural is best seen from street level.

lower part of a hownosm mural with bright pink and orange flowers, with grey tone imagery on top, including a fish, painted on bd Vincent Auriol in Paris

At the very top there is an image of man who has turned his head towards the setting sun.

a bright round sun at the top of a mural, a man on the left corner,

And last, there is the pensive looking Asian woman (Japanese?) who was painted by British artist Hush (with some more of Cryptik’s calligraphy).

mural by hush portrait of a Japanese woman with bright red lipstick, eyes looking town, clothing made of strips of Japanese print fabric, dark black hair,

”In the time of your life, live –
so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself
or for any life your life touches.
Seek goodness everywhere,
and when it is found, bring it out of it’s hiding place
and let it be free and unashamed”
…. opening lines from “The Time of Your Life”, William Saroyan,