Back in 2004, Mehdi Ben Cheikh opened the Galerie Itinerrance in Paris 13th arrondissement.
After hearing that a buidling from the 50s, called les Sablieres, would be demolished he negotiated with both the town hall and ICF habitat Sabliere to set up an ephemeral gallery with a free public entry.
Over more than 8 months, hundred of international street and graffiti artists participated in this project, each leaving their unique mark over 9 floors within 36 apartments.
The building now known as La Tour 13 is not only spectacular but also ephemeral as the building is due to be demolished later this year.
But you will still have access to the Gallery online via http://www.tourparis13.fr/ where you will have 10 days to save each of these works of art by clicking one pixel at a time. On the 11th day only pieces entirely saved will appear on the website.
Here is a selection following my visit a couple of weeks ago ....
The facade was painted with distinctive calligraphy style work by the artist El Seed.
He also painted one of the room with more pics further down.
French artist: Ludo
Check out the teaser
British artist: David Walker and a portrait of Rimbaud by Jimmy C who currently has a show at Pure Evil Gallery in London, the Riot Series running until the 27th October More info here
Artist Jimmy C (Australia)
Cats stencils by French artist: C215
Artist EIME from Portugal
Artist: Mario Belem
Pantonio also participated inside the block and on one of the facade
Portrait carved into the wall by artist Vhils
Agostino Lacurci (Italie)
Amazing 3D painting by Peeta, graffiti writer, sculptor and painter from Venice (Italy)
Artist: Ortica Noodles
Work by KATRE
COPE2 & Indie 184 (US)
Mosko & Associes work on reflection
Artist: Seth (France)
You can see the work by ETHOS (Brazil) through the door and the room decorated by JAZ (Argentina)
El Seed (Tunisia)
Spanish artist B TOY
Maz (Saudi Arabia)
Artists: Julien Colombier, Alëxone
Artist Thor in action
Talented artist: Guy Denning (UK) with a glimpse at Philippe Baudelocque's work through the door
JB Rock from Italy
Chalk time with artist Philippe Baudelocque (France)
Artist: Flip (Brésil)
Artist A1one from Iran
Bom.K & Liliwenn (France)
La Tour Paris 13 is now open for a month to the public until the 31st of October
from 12pm until 8pm @ 5 Rue Fulton, 75013 Paris,
Metro Quai de la Gare
There is a list of all participating artists on their website too: http://www.itinerrance.fr/