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
Is it coincidence that these cats blend with the colours of the artificial ivy?
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
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?
More 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.