The beauty of Paris in the spring is undeniable. With the shining sun and blooming flowers, the City of Light has an air of magic about it at this time. For those lucky enough to be in Paris during the warm months, a special art piece on the Canal Saint-Martin provides a way to enjoy the beautiful ambiance offered by spring flowers.
The piece is called Artensia and it is the result of a collaborative project sponsored by the Flower Council in France. The organization has decided to pay a special tribute to the hortensia, a type of flowering shrub known for its pink and blue flowers. The project has invited anyone — from the inhabitants of the neighborhood to everyday passersby — to contribute to the piece. The organizers are asking, “What does hortensia make you think of?” and gathering answers on colorful pieces of paper that are shaped and textured like hortensia petals.
Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier can discover the answers by taking a ride on the Canal Saint-Martin. Then they can see the artwork that was created by Mademoiselle Maurice from the colored pieces of paper. The artist was especially inspired by origami, which shares its Japanese origin in common with hortensia.
In this way, the collective street art piece will make its debut in the City of Light on June 11, 2014. On that day, Mademoiselle Maurice will orchestrate the installation of the paper petals from atop her scaffolding in order to create a hyper-realist hortensia bush. The installation will be located at 79 Quai de Valmy in the 10th arrondissement.
Visitors to Paris can use the opportunity to see an extraordinary work of contemporary art and discover one of the hip parts of the city.