Paris graffiti Mecca on the Canal l’Ourcq

by Demian Smith on September 3, 2012

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (22)

Along the Canal l’Ourcq at the north-east Paris suburb of Pantin stands a shrine to local Paris graffiti artists Artof Popof, Da Cruz and Marko and their guests, who have painted completely the exterior of two gigantic old warehouses.

As part of this year’s L’été du Canal (“Summer Canal” event) the town hall of Paris suburb Pantin gave carte blanche to the graffiti artists to paint these former Chamber of Commerce and Industry buildings, built in 1929 to receive grain and flour.

The industrial era is over and the use of the buildings is currently under reclassification. The buildings will eventually be rehabilitated to house economic activities. And so takes place the reconquest of the banks of the canal!

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (2)

The warehouses of the old Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris at Pantin, located at Rue Ernest Renan 93500, Pantin

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (1)

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (15)

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (21)

Paris street artists Monsieur Chat (left) and Art of Popof

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (20)

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (24)

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (12)

Artwork by Da Cruz, one of the invited artists 

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (4)

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (19)

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (5)

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (18)

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (6)

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (8) Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (9)

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (3)

The north side of the warehouses.

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (10)Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (11)
Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (13)Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (14)
Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (16)Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (17)

Paris Graffiti artists of the PoDaMa collective paint the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris à Pantin on the Canal l'Ourcq for l’ete-du-canal - Alternative Paris. Photos: Demian Smith (15) (23)

 

About the Author

Demian Smith starts out painting graffiti in the late ‘90s around Swiss Cottage in London, and ends up writing gossip journalism for the Daily Telegraph. Arrived in Paris in 2012 to establish Underground Paris.

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