In Paris students from the University of Paris, Vincennes, have been working on a project which will go a long way towards brightening the lives of people using one of the city's underground stations.
GV EXT "Republique" underground station, Paris.
SV Train pulls in and people get off walking past paintings on ceiling. (3 SHOTS)
SVs Man painting ceiling. (2 SHOTS)
SV Man spraying ceiling with paint gun.
SVs Murals. (3 SHOTS)
SV Man mixing paint and then painting ceiling. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Students painting ceilings. (3 SHOTS)
SV PAN Length of finished mural.
SV PAN FROM Old posters TO finished ceiling.
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Background: In Paris students from the University of Paris, Vincennes, have been working on a project which will go a long way towards brightening the lives of people using one of the city's underground stations.
SYNOPSIS: It is the "Republique" station right in the heart of the city centre -- used by both native Parisians and thousands of tourists. The Paris Transport Authority authorised the project, which started on the 15th of June, on the basis that it would bring colour into what was previously a grey, and very boring environment. The architect who "fathered" the project, was Vincennes tutor Xavier Luccioni.
He explained that rather than taking art down into the corridors the students had embarked on the creation of the series of colourful "happenings" -- adding that the underground offered a rich potential for artistic expression and that the students had been given a free hand in their interpretations. Some of the paintings are figurative, some very transitory.
What they have in common is that none of them cost more than materials needed for their execution. Monsieur Luccioni explained his group chose a station that is not scheduled for major rehabilitation and one that was the most visually impoverished. He also explained that the corridors were painted in order to evoke some reaction from travellers.
According to the students,most of the travellers who commented while the painting was in progress were very positive in their responses. Comments like "It's great, really, what a good idea" were quite common and so too was the expression of astonishment that the artists were working without being paid.