Francais Sambre, Street Artist

I was thrilled to receive an ‘out of the blue’ email from the daughter of a cousin who lives in Australia saying that she was visiting Paris for a few days with her own son and asked if we could get together; we are a small family so I am always excited to meet with visitors. A warm café, grand crème’s and hot chocolate, there was lots of chatter followed by a relaxed day of sightseeing; we must have walked a fair few miles, visiting several sights in central Paris: the pyramids of the Louvre, Daniel Buren’s striped pillar installation ‘Les Deux Plateau at the Palais Royal, Notre Dame, bridges with locks, the Ile Saint-Louis, the winding streets of the Marais and finally, Les Halles. Thankfully, the sun shone so we began our tour with a stroll along the quiet road down beside the Seine where we stumbled across a fascinating collage by street artist Français Sambre at Pont de la Concorde.

Sambre recycles wood and wooden objects to make in-situ installations and this particular piece was created for Les Berges De Seine, the riverbank regeneration project that stretches for over 2km from Pont de l’Alma to Musée d’Orsay and is packed with art, children’s play areas, summertime activities and alfresco dining. Sambre’s work will remain until late summer 2014, so dash along to see before it is dismantled…

Thank you to Lisa and Cooper for a wonderful day!