A Meeting with the Real People at the Center of Paris
On September 15, 2012, an association called Beloved Beings (Etres Aimés) revealed a unique exhibit at Les Halles, a former marketplace in the center of Paris. This wide open space, which now houses a busy Parisian shopping center, is currently in the middle of a complete renovation. This artistic project therefore takes advantage of the work in progress in order to present a special exhibition, 'The Faces of Les Halles,' until December 15, 2012. Guests staying at one of the Sister Hotels Champs Elysées can discover this for themselves, just a metro trip away from their hotel.
'The Faces of Les Halles' showcases all of the ordinary people who have enabled the center of City of Light to thrive. Painted in large format in the streets of the neighborhood, these images show the residents, employees and merchants who breath life into this area. For a visitor, this is an one-of-a-kind chance to get to know a very real side of the city.
The images were created by a group of artists from Latin America who spent several weeks exploring the neighborhood in search of eight lucky inhabitants who would become the subjects of their work. Visitors were even invited to watch the portraits being created in September, in order to enhance the collaborative nature of the final product. As a result, the portraits truly encapsulate the spirit of the 1st arrondissement of Paris, where the Les Halles marketplace was located.
The portraits of these individuals are now displayed outdoors for all to see throughout the autumn season. Those who want to discover the portraits of the Parisians of the 1st arrondissement can do so by walking on the Rue de Rivoli from the Louvre to Les Halles.