Huge mural painted on doomed French building

8th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

Over 300 people painted a 2,700-square-metre mural on the walls of a building in Lyon scheduled for demolition.

LYON – More than 300 volunteers painted a 2,700-square-metre mural on the walls of a building in the eastern town of Lyon that is scheduled for demolition as part of a renovation programme.

Kitted out with overalls and telescopic paint-rollers, the artists used 300 kilos of paint to create a rainbow covering the 18-storey building's 1,600 balconies. The mural was painted as part of Lyon's annual festival of light.

Many local people took part in the operation, which was described by local artists and activists who organised it as a way of paying homage to the working-class district before it is transformed by redevelopment.

Local mayor Alain Giordano told reporters he grew up in one of the building's 340 apartments, which is in the la Duchere district of Lyon, in the city's 9th arrondissment.

All but 50 of the apartments are now unoccupied, and nearly all of the remaining occupants have now been found alternative housing.

 

[AFP / Expatica]

 

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