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on loving the million colors and little phrases on the walls in marseille

La rue est un musée pour tous ! ―Hergé

People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish . . . but that’s only if it’s done properly. ―Banksy, Wall and Piece

The Museum is not meant either for the wanderer to see by accident or for the pilgrim to see with awe. It is meant for the mere slave of a routine of self-education to stuff himself with every sort of incongruous intellectual food in one indigestible meal. —G. K. Chesterton

Going inside, walking into a museum, intending to spend two hours, when the sun is shining, the air is warm, the world is teeming, seems wrong, an error.

Why would you want to go inside to an art exhibit? Will it change your perspective of the world? Will it make you happy? Will it inspire you? Will you learn something? Will you have a good time? Will it encourage conversation? Yes.

Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall–it’s wet. –Banksy

What to do when you visit a place where the sun shines daily and you dread going inside? Yet you want to change your perspective of the world and you want something to make you happy and inspire you and maybe help you learn something? And you want to have a good time and talk to someone about what you experience?  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)

In Marseille two locations are awash with colorful, eccentric, imaginative graffiti and wall art: Le Panier (13002) and Cours Julien (13006) and its streets that are perpendicular to it. Both places will offer walls filled with art and images and words.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)

Le Panier, which is to the north of the Vieux Port, the oldest quartier in Marseille, is represented here with wall art, some framed paintings, and a door sculpture. Even the tourist bureau of Marseille recognizes the pleasure of the art work and uses it in their promotional material.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)

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