The door and associated decoration is in fact a creation by artists Julien Berthier and Simon Boudvin called Les spécialistes, and was originally placed on this wall early one Saturday morning in 2006. As no permission was asked for and none granted, the artists were surprised not only that it was still in place three years later, but also that the city authorities regularly kept it clean.
|The artists gave the address a professional plaque using their own initials. The door even had its own buzzer, but this no longer seems to be working.|
The door faces out towards the Rue du Temple, a historic passage into the city which is dominated today by Chinese wholesalers. People have learned to pay little attention to their surroundings in this district, but who would ask questions anyway about such a non-descript door and a plaque that seems to advertise yet another anonymous company?
The address may not be listed in any directory, or marked on a map, but it is an address that has found a place in the city today. The artists intended it to be a temporary installation, a representation of all the banal - yet potentially mysterious - doors and gateways that exist in our cities, but through its very inconspicuousness it has developed a strange life of its own.