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Watch out, you’re being watched!

January 12, 2011
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While wandering through the streets of Paris, you may have noticed here and there a face on a wall that is sticking out its tongue or smiling at you. This face is that of Gregos, a Parisian artist who has decided to make his face one of the most recognizable in Paris and elsewhere in France.

 This project called “Mon Visage sur les Murs de Paris” (My face on the walls of Paris) started in 2006 when the artist installed blank and unpainted castings of his face on just about every available vertical surface in the French capital.  At first the masks were just blank and unpainted but in the beginning of 2009 Gregos decided to add bright colors and painted designs to them.

Overall, there are now more than 170 faces scattered all over Paris, mostly in tourist areas (Montmartre, le Marais), but also in Lyon and the island of Malta. People interested in capturing several of them in photographs should visit Gregos’ official website in order to find a map with the location of the faces. A nice way to discover new areas of Paris!

And if you feel like an artist, you can even purchase a blank face and add your own design!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt permalink
    January 12, 2011 7:25 pm

    Cool! I saw one of those faces in Montmartre but did not it was part of a project.

  2. Matt permalink
    January 12, 2011 7:27 pm

    Cool! I saw one of those faces in Montmartre but did not know it was part of a project.

  3. January 14, 2011 2:12 am

    I have photographed one and thanks for the background information as I was not sure of the history.

  4. Ceri permalink
    January 15, 2011 9:01 am

    How cool and will look out for them next time I visit Paris …… may even consider painting one in my landmark colours : ))

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