French Street Art

Travelling around a small part of France, examples of street art started to catch my eye. There were sculptures, paintings, installations, graffiti and yarn bombing Some were bizarre, some beautiful but all were engaging, reminding me that art is everywhere.

In Rennes, an artist has dotted the city with fake radishes- just for fun!

Cancale, Brittany- a tiny house becomes an art gallery
A pilgrim ponders his journey at Mont St Michel, sculpture on the street
Setting up for a circus performance in the street, Pontorson
Coco the clown with his ‘elephant’, free circus show outside the town hall.
Son et Lumiere projection on the town hall, the story of Pontorson, is it Norman, or Breton?
Yarn bombing, Avranches town hall.
A little creativity turns a street lamp into a lighthouse.
Capo Di Monte style floral wreath adorns a tomb in the local graveyard.
‘Look after your town – eat a seagull!’

Stencil graffiti of civic pride
Political commentary on a derelict building
Pacman added to a drain cover outside someone’s house.

Everywhere around us, wherever we go, artists embellish and enrich our environment, making us pause to admire, consider and question. Encouraging all of us to engage with and participate in artistic activity. These creative gestures, hasty or considered, commissioned or unauthorised make me pause and savour the place, connecting further with my surroundings.

Published by Donna Cheshire Textiles

I am a professional textile artist specializing in Appliqué and Free Motion machine stitching. In order to create a unique colour palette, I hand dye my own fabrics and then use these to create the landscapes and coastal scenes recorded in my sketchbook. I often incorporate recycled or vintage fabrics in my work - they add meaning to the story the work is telling. I love being so close to the Northumbrian coast and countryside and I especially like taking time walk and draw these stunning landscapes

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