We thought there was a lot of this stuff on the Metro and on the railway sides coming into Gare du Nord. It seems there is a challenge amongst the individuals who spray it to try to reach the most inaccessible points imaginable. In doing so I suppose they gain a certain level of respect from their mates.
Anyway I captured this bit of graffitti quite by chance as we were on the Metro ( Ligne 2) heading east crossing the Seine between Passy and Bir-Hakeim stations. I was taking the picture for the Eiffel tower but actually this shot is made much more interesting by the graffitti. Quite how they managed to climb up onto the bridge in order to do their spraying is a mystery but clearly they did quite a thorough job in leaving their mark.
Before going further, I need to mention that I come from a rural area of Australia where grafitti is uncommon, to say the least. That may explain why I never cease to be amazed by the grafitti in Paris - not the content or 'artistic quality', so much as the sheer inventiveness of the perpetrators in creating it in unlikely places. It's easy to imagine it appearing on a wall at ground level, but how does it come to be on the tops of buildings, where both access and a ladder would seem necessary? Or (see second photo) plastering it all over delivery vans, something I'd never before seen. VT goes worldwide, so if grafitti should be the same where you live, please just be tolerant and accept that this tip may merely show that I'm just a country boy!
The area above the underpass at the Pont de l'alma has become an important place for some visitors to Paris. They leave their grafittied messages to Diana, princess of Wales and Dodi who died in the underpass. What actually happened that night is still the subject of some rather wild conspiracy theories.
Some messages express simple regret, whilst others refer to various shady security organisations who may have engineered something.
The area is scrubbed from time to time, but the area was covered in messages when I visited in November 2005. There were also a few flowers of the nearby 'golden flame' that has become another unofficial memorial to the death.
In Paris, tags and murals often participate to the folklore... (especially to walls folklore, of course !)... I'm not sure that people take much time to notice them, but there are hundreds and hundreds, from the smallest ones you may appreciate in my travelogues, to the hugest ones drawn on the side of 5-stories high buildings...
The caption emphatizes : "Are the walls made for advertisement ?"