50/52 Paris (5) Street Art

This last of my Paris posts looks at some quirky details of art/graffiti found around Montmartre as well as a great feature of the cafe in the Musée d’Orsay. The first image is a fading shop sign I spotted by the Abbesses metro station. The clown just looks so forlorn with its peeling paint and dirty tears.

Forlorn clown sign, Abbesses. Copyright Fiona Michie.

I love the art of the carousel, there are so many different styles and beautiful details around the world. This particular one, by the steps up to the Sacre Coeur, has the most tortured-looking horses I have ever seen. This one certainly looks like it’d throw you, given half a chance!

Carousel horse, Montmartre. Copyright Fiona Michie.

The next two images are graffiti, but rather inventive versions. I don’t think I have seen sculptural graffiti before. The rainbow faces with the lolling tongues made me smile whilst the Tricolour face opposite them seemed to radiate political discontent.

Graffiti faces, Montmartre. Copyright Fiona Michie.
Face masked with the Tricolore, Montmartre. Copyright Fiona Michie.

Finally, I loved the way this broken mirror design on the wall of the Musée d’Orsay’s cafe reflected the huge clock as if shattered into hundreds of pieces. The large copper light shades got in the way of the photo a bit, but I still like the effect.


Shattered time, Musée d’Orsay. Copyright Fiona Michie.



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