Title in french : L'Art Révolution de la rue du Petit puits
Type : district
City : Marseille
In The Panier district, on the way to the Vieille Charité, visitors are often surprised to come face to face with an intriguing installation.
At first glance, it looks like a vegetated sidewalk as these that we can observe in some downtown streets. Quite soon however, we guess an unidentified object, a kind of sculpture rather psychedelic based on green plants, colorful modules, various objects and activists messages.
Passersby, amused, often stop for a photo. And the goal is reached, or almost ...
The author of this work is an artist arrived in Marseille in the 90s, attracted by the artistic emulation of this popular town. Living in The Panier, he saw these recent years the transformation of the neighborhood, building works that takes long and youth who have only scaffolds in their field of vision. This installation is a first response to the state of the place: put some green and fantasy in the lives of kids.
The second goal was to generate interest from tourists, more and more numerous to come here. By causing surprise, by creating an exchange between visitors and locals, we can then explain that the place is not as on TV and that the Little train will never let you feel the soul of the neighborhood. Even in the busiest streets, beyond a certain hour, tourism leaves the place to communities living here, 24 hours a day, under sometimes unfavorable conditions.
Also, go to the street of the Petit puits and observe. Enjoy this unusual space-time and the chance to see things differently.