Magasins Généraux stands along the Canal l’Ourcq at the north-east Paris suburb of Pantin acting as a shrine to Paris graffiti artists, including Artof Popof, Da Cruz and Marko and their guests, who recently painted the exterior of two gigantic old warehouses commissioned by the mayor.
Although the grain-and flour storage-facility had been covered in graffiti for more than seven years, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry sought to change that this summer. As part of this year’s L’été du Canal (“Summer Canal” event) the town hall of Pantin, a Parisian suburb, gave carte blanche to a selection of graffiti artists to paint the building.
The Magasins Généraux has its own dedicated site, an interactive ‘walkthrough’ scenario which allows us to paint our own art (or just draw big penises everywhere!), here.
If you’d like to discover a little more on Parisian graffiti history, from its roots in Stalingrad’s abandoned wastelands to its present adaptations, read Telerama’s interview with Karim Boukercha.
The warehouses of the old Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris at Pantin, located at Rue Ernest Renan 93500, Pantin
Paris street artists Monsieur Chat (left) and Art of Popof
Artwork by Da Cruz, one of the invited artists
The north side of the warehouses.