Paris graffiti Mecca on the Canal l’Ourcq

by Demian Smith on September 3, 2012

Magasins Généraux - Paris Graffiti artists - 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)

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 by invitation of the townhall.

Although already having actively been painted with graffiti for more than seven years, as part of this year’s L’été du Canal (“Summer Canal” event) the town hall of Paris suburb Pantin gave carte blanche to a selection of graffiti artists to paint this former grain and flour storage facility owned by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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, you should read Telerama’s interview with Karim Boukercha, here.

Magasins Généraux - Graffiti artists Paris - 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

Monsieur Chat Magasins Généraux 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)

Magasins Généraux 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)

M. Chat - Magasins Généraux  - 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

Magasins Généraux  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)

Magasins Généraux 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)

Magasins Généraux  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 

Magasins Généraux  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)

Magasins Généraux  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)

Magasins Généraux  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)

Magasins Généraux  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)

Magasins Généraux Hash Gang -  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)

Magasins Généraux  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) Magasins Généraux  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)

Magasins Généraux  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.

Kuma Magasins Généraux  - 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)Magasins Généraux  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)
Magasins Généraux  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)Magasins Généraux  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)
Moose Kuma - Magasins Généraux  - Hash gang 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)Kuma - Magasins Généraux - 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)

Marko - Magasins Généraux  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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