Street art enthusiasts rehabilitated this immense 1200 m² warehouse.
The SNCF (French National Railway Company) inaugurated on August 31st, 2017 its new site of passing town planning. Located in the North of Paris (18th district), this former stockpiling warehouse of the beginning of the XXth century was metamorphosed into an actual urban design museum, decorated with short-lived drawings both inside and outside. Its name is “L’Aérosol” (spray in French).
300 meters of walls are totally free and available to graffiti artists from any horizons. Sprays are sold on the spot, and both novices and professionals can come bring their joy and creativity to the Aerosol. You can access the site for free although the museum costs 5 euros (free on the first Sunday of every month).
Indeed, beyond the public area there is a museum of street-art: the Maquis-Art Hall of Fame. It includes works (around 400) of the biggest names in street art such as Banksy, Invaders, Shepard Fairey, JonOne, or still Dondi White.
This place is full of food trucks and activities during week-ends. It also has a dance floor on rollers livened up by various DJs, a petanque field and a small skatepark.
The Aerosol is a place which advocates freedom and sharing in a Berlin-like style, almost shouting at you to come have a beer with your buddies or to spray-paint walls.
L’Aérosol is managed by the SCOP (participative and collaborative company) Polybrid Production, who publicly values solidarity initiatives and eco-responsible approaches. Basically, they encourage actions against climate change, for social and cultural integration of all citizens and more generally for “creative, social and innovative” culture.
Far from advocating an elitist urban culture, L’Aérosol wants to be the meeting spot of generations. The idea is to mix all types of culture.
As of now, the concept works perfectly. It is no longer uncommon to see children drawing on walls a few steps away from graffiti artists, behind which walk the elderly towards the museum of street art enjoy the works of big artists.
But hurry up, this spot is short-lived and is going to be destroyed soon.
In a decade, this plot of land could welcome 15 000 new inhabitants, 3 500 jobs connected to the nearby activity area Cap 18, a green space of 4 000 m2 and, possibly, public equipment.
You want to go there?