50 of the world’s greatest street artists have been allowed to run riot through the now derelict Les Bains, former nightclub and celebrity hotspot in the centre of Paris.
Built as a municipal bathhouse in 1885, Les Bains-Douches became one if the hottest places to be attracting many huge names from around the world, such as Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mick Jagger and Johnny Depp to name a few!
Unfortunately due to some dodgy renovations and construction in 2010 Les Bains had to close it’s doors for good because it had become a safety hazard. Fortunately, owner Jean-Pierre Marois formed La Société des Bains to preserve and secure the building’s future as a new venue, to open in 2014.
In January Marois handed the keys over to 50 street artists, commissioned by Magda Danysz Gallery with the objective of turning the building’s 3,000 square foot into an endless canvas of artwork, that is completely inaccessible to the public!
“In keeping with the artistic soul of the place, we have transformed this dead time into a fleeting, creative buzz,” Marois wrote on Les Bains’ website. “Les Bains will host an Artists’ Residency, and the whole building will be offered as a giant canvas for a plethora of urban artists commissioned by Magda Danysz.”
Artists including Futura, Space Invader and Sambre were invited to use material drawn from the building – electricity, ripped-up floorboards, rubble and spray paint – to capture its former energy. Smashed disco balls are a recurring motif. They will continue to work until April 30, which is when renovation work will begin.
No artwork will be preserved. “There’s a certain absurdity that I like,” says Marois of the project. “Not many people will see it, it’s all going to disappear.”
Fortunately for us, photographers Stephane Bisseuil and Jérôme Coton were allowed in to capture many of the artworks in progress.