Thursday, March 12, 2009

Paris 2008: Leo et Pipo

When new residents move into a neighborhood, they often make gestures to get to know their neighbors. Others choose to throw house-warming parties, inviting the neighbors to their homes for dinner and conversation. Whatever their style, many people like to greet their neighbors and announce their presence. I've received many a pound cake from neighbors, but I've yet to see a creative peace offering like the work of Leo et Pipo. Moving from the suburbs to the heart of Paris, these new kids on the block are working to win their neighbors over one wheatpaste at a time. They write:

“After spending their childhood in the sweetness and quiet suburb east of Paris, Leo & Pipo are struggling to adjust to the austerity of the capital, Paris, a city-museum.” 

“They are struck by the profound boredom and the lack of human warmth that prevails in the streets of the megalopolis.”  “In April 2008, Leo & Pipo began a decorative project, an attempt to assert ownership over this city that rejects them. What better tradition than to express oneself on the walls of the city that dictates your laws!” 

 “Yet Leo & Pipo ardently avoid any message and commitment. They offer their figures as potential actors in the rhythm of the neighborhood. These anonymous figures of another time will tell nothing to anyone ... they just watch people, hoping that these people look back.”

With their antique outfits, I almost feel like these characters are friendly ghosts watching over the neighborhood. Who doesn't need to be watched over from time to time? For more photos, check out their MySpace. Thanks, Leo et Pipo, et merci à tous mes lecteurs français! Je suis tellement hereuse que vous aimez ce que vous voyez. Continuez à lire!


  1. Interesting, you find good people in europe, which is not very easy, I mean not racist people, anyway good luck and thanks for share.

  2. This is perfect so those images on the walls caught my attention because they seemed like real people, I'd like going there to get different people and to see those images on the wall.