Since the beginning of 2010 it seems that we have had nothing but grey skies in Paris, but that makes this colourful new mural on the Rue Saint Maur all the more refreshing. This fresque is the work of an American artist called Matt W. Moore (his blog can be found here) who recently spent a month in Paris, working on a series of canvases in addition to this creation.
He was given permission to paint the fresque, called 'Crystals and Lasers', by the Mayor of the 10th arrondissement, and it is rather amusingly placed on the side of a school. Local residents are apparently delighted to have this work here and it is easy to see why, with the shapes and colours giving depth to a previously non-descript grey surface. As Moore says himself, "geometry is a universal language, and bangin' color is crucial during the cold grey winters here".
Moore's paintings, along similar lines, can be seen in a new gallery situated opposite this mural, the Since Upian Artspace (Monday to Friday, 2pm to 7pm, 211 rue Saint-Maur 75010) until the 12th March.
Inspired by the hypercolours of MWM, here are two more impressive displays I have found in a city which can sometimes be dispiritingly grey!