Wednesday 28 April 2010

The New Zoo Project

Returning home after a few days away, I push open the door and see a giant gorilla in my kitchen. Ok, so not exactly inside the kitchen, but certainly filling the full frame of the window. I run to check the signature, but already there is no doubt. For as long as it lasts, I will now have a Zoo Project to look at when eating my breakfast in the morning.

The message is typical Zoo Project - a painting of a wild animal with a warning against wild humans (Gare aux Hommes), but if the words are a little tired, the gorilla itself is fantastic. Just as a little reminder, the artist(s?) behind the label works in complete anonymity, at speed and with brushes and paint, so to give the creature a mischievous glint in the eye and a wry smile - especially at this size - is little short of miraculous.

The patch of wasteland where this is situated is scheduled for development, with a five story building on its way, but how much happier I would be to look at this gorilla each morning and not somebody else's kitchen window.


Starman said...

That looks like a great kitchen you have. It makes it seem like your apartment is very large.

paris (im)perfect said...

Lucky you! That's awesome that you have that to look at now. Let's hope the development takes awhile so you keep that view for a long time :)

ArtSparker said...

Wonderful that the gorilla is appreciated. The Bronx Zoo used to have (and maybe still does) a window with a button beside it in the ape and monkey house labelled "the most dangerous animal in the world". When you pushed the button, the window was revealed to be a mirror.

Louis said...

Adam - I saw that newest (?) Zoo Project creation today and was so excited. Now I can add jealousy to what I'm feeling! Not sure if you've seen but the recent addition to the Place Freyel street art galerie has already been power-washed away, so unlike you I no longer have a Zoo Project piece right across from where I live. But in the past few days, I've discovered a few more new-ish Zoo Project works around Belleville, and I'll be posting about them soon.

Whoever paints this stuff is not only fast but also prolific!

Owen said...

Cool ! Great view to have from the breakfast nook... What was the Brassens song ?

Jay Livingston said...

C'est à travers de larges grilles,
Que les femelles du canton,
Contemplaient un puissant gorille, . . etc.

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