In big cities around the world today, it seems that wherever there's a blank wall someone wants to paint on it.
MV EXTERIOR: people emerging from subway exit at St. Augustin underground railway station, Paris, France.
MVs INTERIOR: people studying paintings on underground walls. (6 shots)
SVs: artists working on paintings. (3 shots)
MVs: people watching from underground train (2 shots)
MVs: painters working on paintings. ( 3 shots)
GV: artists at work
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Background: In big cities around the world today, it seems that wherever there's a blank wall someone wants to paint on it. Underground railway stations are perhaps the most hard-hit when it comes to graffiti artists defacing them - usually with crude and vulgar obscenities.
SYNOPSIS: The Metro underground railway in Paris, France, is no exception, it suffers from the same amount of hit-and-run message painters that deface other underground systems elsewhere. But now the urge to paint on a wall has become recognised by Paris railway authorities -- who are conducting experiments in allowing artists to express their feelings in public. Nine painters were chosen to decorate the central station of St. Augustin -- working in full view of the public, and allowed to give full vent to their creativity. It was an unusual opportunity - and perhaps the works of free expression were better for being uninterupted by railway police.
It may have seemed a strange sight - after all, people are usually arrested for doing this. But given authoritarian blessing, it's art nouveau. It's not all free licence - authorities being what they are, there were restrictions. The works had to be a standard size -- and completed in three days. But one might suppose the artists were grateful for not being chased off in the middle of expressing their finer feelings.