Lille’s street art blazes a trail
Everyone in Lille knows the name ‘Saint So’, so just ask a local for directions to this bistro on Boulevard Jean-Baptiste Lebas, as it’s the starting point for guided tours of the city’s Street Art. Just 100 metres from here you’ll see artworks some 20 metres high. Julien Prouveur, tour leader and coordinator of a collaborative art project known as Renart, explains that the aim of the collaboration is to make art accessible to everyone. He long ago noticed that too many people miss out on the joy of Street Art simply by failing to look up, so he’s forever reminding people to do just that!
The tour kicks off at Lille’s cultural quarter Gare Saint-Sauveur with the art of Hervé di Rosa, the nomadic artist who invented ‘Art Modeste’ ̶ a movement celebrating the everyday in art. It’s here you’ll see a fresco of monumental proportion (4m x 10m) featuring a series of smiling cyclopes.
Raising your head automatically gives you a new perspective