Look up, look down, look into unlikely corners; there are many surprising animals to be seen on the streets of Paris. Some, like the wide-eyed rabbit, are simply sweet, some are bizarre and some distinctly unsettling. Like the real and mythical beasts of a medieval bestiary (or bestiare in French) these street art beasts have stories to tell.
The little black cat appears in many overlooked corners round the city – a half-hidden treat for those who keep their eyes open – October 2018
Cats with style – October 2018
This cat’s message seems to be ‘everything is not as it seems’ – the cat and even the hole in which it is resting are simply paper – October 2018
A hedgehog writing a love letter – who can resist smiling at this one?
ARDIF’s creatures are a strange and skillful hybrid of real animals and imaginary mechanisms..
intriguing and somehow unsettling.
The elephant’s party is simply bizarre – open the full size image and click for a closer view to find the tree frog, the dragonfly and the stag beetle
A giant beaver made from throw away plastic is definitely an animal with a message – it’s the work of Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo
A lion with a rose – what’s your story?
The savannah animals of Mosko and associates are proudly realistic – a strange contrast with Anis’ flowery curves
Snakes in the urban jungle or plants with teeth?
Crocodile teeth in St Ouen…
and on rue Tolbiac – some of Bault’s animals would be right at home among the mythical beasts of a medieval bestiary
The rebellious skateboarding Nourfs created by Pimax are often seen with a spray can or paint roller to hand…
but these three have another story to tell
Click on any photo to view the gallery.