Winner of Embellir Paris : 95 preau du temple
A vivid and engaged urban art intervention
In Paris, as in numerous cities worldwide, gay bars and other urban spaces dedicated to LGBTQ + communities are increasingly being forced to shutdown. These are places of freedom, celebration, and refuge, which have created positive and liberating experiences within our cities.
Answering a call from the City of Paris to “Embellir Paris” (beautify Paris), The Street Society, a Paris-based urban innovation agency, and artist Daniel van der Noon, proposed UP/SIDE/DOWN/TOWN, an immersive and interactive artistic intervention right in the heart of Paris’s renowned Marais district. Working with LGBTQ+ communities from around the world, UP/SIDE/DOWN/TOWN will pay tribute to their iconic urban places and preserve their memory under the covered gallery of 95 rue du Temple.
LGBTQ + communities take center stage throughout UP/SIDE/DOWN/TOWN’s design process. There will be an open call to the community to submit places and their stories to be represented on the walls of this installation. Artist Daniel van der Noon will portray these essential LGBTQ + urban places from around the world, both the emblematic and the intimate, throughout the site.
Adding to the atmosphere of the Marais, one of Paris’s liveliest neighborhoods, UP/SIDE/DOWN/TOWN will transform this surprisingly dark and forgotten corner of rue du Temple into a colorful and exciting meeting place. Passersby will be able to immerse themselves within this city-in-the-city: a bright, utopian scenery fitting seamlessly alongside the Marais’s museums, historical monuments and street-art.
A digital experience will allow pedestrians to hear the history and personal stories behind the LGBTQ + movements and places represented on the canvas of 95 rue du Temple. UP/SIDE/DOWN/TOWN will be a connection between the stories, dates, places, and characters that have and continue to advance the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals across the world.
We need you !
On a besoin de vous !
(EN) Artist Daniel van der Noon will portray essential LGBTQ + urban places from around the world, both the emblematic and the intimate.
Contribute to this collaborative project by suggesting a place you would like to see represented on the art piece.
(FR) L’artiste Daniel van der Noon représentera sur la totalité du site des espaces urbains importants aux communautés LGBTQ+ à travers le monde, des plus emblématiques aux plus intimes.
Contribuez à ce projet collaboratif en suggérant un lieu que vous aimeriez voir représenté sur l'œuvre.