In the 13th Arrondisement in Paris, the brightly painted "Tour Paris 13" building -- is easy to spot from a distance. Described as the largest group exhibition of street art, Gallery Itinerance gathered over 100 urban artists representing 16 nationalities to use their artistic skills to repaint just about every corner of the old 9-floored tower right at the brink of its demolition -- making a vivid statement that "in the end, everything will just disappear in the rubble."
The completion of the Tour 13 project happened not long after the controversial decision to redevelop the historic 5 Pointz "graffiti mecca" in New York.
Here are more details of the project:
"For many months, the project voluntarily remained conﬁdential. Coordinated by
Mehdi Ben Cheikh, Director of Gallery Itinerance, with the support of the 13th Arrondisement City Hall and the consent of ICF Habitat La Sabliere, the building’s landlord, decided to appeal to more than one hundred street-art artists from the four corners of the world to enshrine this tower before its destruction.
An experience fully consistent with the very essence of the movement: each artist, with a given and dedicated space, ﬂoor to ceiling, volunteer and voluntary action, a temporary and ephemeral exhibition, free and open to all, with no marketing gimmick, 'nothing to sell', because in the end, everything will just disappear in the rubble.
The 'Paris 13 tower' project is also an innovative audio visual and digital adventure, using a dedicated website, a tablet application and a documentary!
'Tour 13' in numbers :
Browse the thumbnail gallery to see additional photos by architectural photographer Yohan Zerdoun.