Starting April 7, 2016, le Musée de La Poste in the French capital, a museum dedicated to the country’s postal service, became a creative playground for six renowned urban artists. Among them, there’s SP38, who just finished his own Paris mural that will stay on view until August 31, 2016. The initiative, entitled the Ralentir Street Art Project, covers a year and a half-long period during which the museum will be undergoing renovation. Its outdoor construction fence, however, will be offered to selected street artists, each of whom will have three months of exhibition period for their murals. The first to paint over it was graffiti artist KATRE, whose artwork was up on display until June 1, while starting June 13, it is SP38’s turn!
SP38 Paris Mural
The street artists taking part in the 2016 Ralentir Street Art Project come from a variety of backgrounds, but their artistic intents will be unified by the creation of artworks dedicated to le Musée de La Poste and the postal service. This is where Sylvain Périer, aka SP38, comes in with his witty short messages. For this occasion, the SP38 Paris mural reads “et refaire les enveloppes terrestres en cours” – roughly translating to “re-creation terrestrial envelopes in progress”, accompanied by images of airplanes, rabbits, octopuses and another writing “post museum”. Painted on a white background, the mural is poetic and intriguing, in the trademark style of SP38, as it covers the entire 20-meter length and 3-meter height of the construction fence of the Post Museum.
Sending a Message in a Unique Fashion
A Frenchman based in Berlin, SP38 is an artist of many titles: painter, performer, poster and graffiti maker. Fan of Figurative art and roughly four colors in total: red, yellow, blue and green, his artwork is delightfully minimalist, conveying a small selection of symbols and short but strong slogans. Over the course of his fruitful artistic career, SP38 has developed his own typography, instantly recognizable for its simplicity and vibrancy. Drawing from politics, literature and personal life, he transmits statements that often reflect on current events and the things that are, or should be important in modern society. The city and its inhabitants become vital elements of this dialogue, the (in)direct participants in an effort to remind the world of true values, which are blurred by the immediacy of today’s times more than often.
The Ralentir Street Art Project 2016
Make sure you visit the SP38 Paris mural at le Musée de La Poste at 34 Boulevard de Vaugirard in Paris’s 15th arrondissement, as it will stay there through the end of August 2016! Taking his place in the Ralentir Street Art project, between September 12 and November 18, there will be another French graffiti artist, Lenz.