Here’s What Happened When A Parisian School Asked Graffiti Artists To Decorate

Street artists were invited to let their imaginations—and paints—run wild.

This year, during a festival called Rehab 2, officials from the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris sent out an invitation to 100 renowned graffiti artists to do what they do best and cover the walls of their dormitory building in art. The urban festival ran for one month starting on June 16 and the works of art have been on exhibit for a few days now following the completion of the ‘street’ art.

Artists were given free reign to design any room any way they wanted, and the results are absolutely stunning and original. Unfortunately, the reason that officials gave artists permission to freely paint the walls is because they will soon be renovating the entire building, meaning these works of art will only be temporary.

Despite only being temporary, this is an amazing display of the value of art in a progressive city that draws in millions of people with all different backgrounds every year. The fact that officials even opened their doors to artists at all and trusted that graffiti artists, whose work is often forbidden because it “defaces” buildings, to create meaningful pieces shows the beautiful relationship between artist and viewer.

Paris is far away for tons of people around the world, so if you’re not one of the lucky ones that is able to see the art in person, there are plenty of online photos that showcase the work of the graffiti artists online. Browse through the photos below to get a sense of what the artists created during the festival.

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