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A German Street Artist in Paris


What do you do with a giant swath of unused Parisian highway? If you’re German artist 1010, you break out the industrial-grade spray paint and get to work. Using 400 liters of colorful paint, the artist created the massive public work piece, titled “Le Périphérique,” using his signature trompe l’oeil effect and featuring the illusion of a giant crater with colorful steps down into a blackened abyss. The work follows the aesthetic 1010 is known for, having created visual perplexities on the walls of galleries, tall buildings, abandoned houses--each piece offering a glimpse into another unseen universe. This one, however, is practically invisible to the passing cars and benefits from no foot traffic. The work is best viewed from above, assuming you’re fortunate enough to hitch a helicopter ride through Paris.