La butte aux cailles, literally, the partridge hill, is a neighbourhood in the southwest of Paris. It was a blue collar neighbourhood in the 19th century, and still retains many of the cute old, 18-19th century buildings.
Wouldn’t mind buying a flat there. 🙂
It has become a haven for street art in Paris in recent years.
In 1783, la butte aux cailles was the landing site of the first manned flight ever in a montgolfière (balloon), “driven” by Pilâtre du Rosier. They took off in the 16th arrondissement, northwest of the Seine, flew south-east to La butte aux cailles in 20 minutes. Takes longer now in car or metro…
Sadly, much street art is quickly defaced. Take a minute to read.
Le temps est un serial qui leurre… Time is a serial that lures… play-on-words on “qui leurre” (misleads or lures) which is pronounced “killer”. Miss Tic (born in 1956) is a talented French street art artist. The nickname “Mistic” is very important for our family. Those are for you, Mistic.
A power box. Artist would be Moyoshi?
The little boy jumping into the wall is a recurring theme.
Detail of a great artist I could not identify. Allow me to again express my views on street art. Of course there are tags, of course, often private property is defaced, BUT, the crafst(wo)manship of many is top quality. Not anyone can draw/paint such a quality work as above. Compare the detail:
With its inspiration:
Klimt at Atelier des lumières, Paris, 2018.
“Come dance with me”. (Just made it up.) 🙂
No need to translate is there?
Do you recognize the artist? (same as above)
Red door and white flowers. See Jagger/Richards for details.
Power (bird) box.
To get to Butte-aux-cailles, take line 6, Nation par Denfert-Rochereau, stop at Corvisart and walk up the hill. You can grab lunch easily in one or the other bistro. Then take line 6 again, direction Nation, pass Place d’Italie and stop at Nationale. Another impressive display of street art. Building tall. Neat.
Les beaux yeux. Pretty eyes. Wot? Not street art? Anything on the street is art. (Or so I say)
Les yeux posés. Hmmm. A tough translation. Eyes set? (On something).
The rest is easier: “Open your eyes”, by Jef Aérosol.
The ancient Greeks had isolated three major concepts:
Le beau, le bien, le vrai. Unlike many binary human concepts (yin/yang, good/bad, true/false) it is a tertiary concept. You can use it as a grid to “read” the world. Is that good? Is that true? Is that beautiful?
In the current world state of affairs, keep your eyes open for Beauty, Truth and Good.
Thank you for flying Equinoxio. May you have a beautiful week.