Paris Expo Porte de Versailles features Europe's largest fresco

Artwork on Pavilion 3

Gwen Kaufmann, m+a - Wednesday, July 31, 2019    

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© EllaPitr Objectif Aéro - Ludovic Delage

The roof of Pavilion 3 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition complex is the canvas for a masterpiece of contemporary urban art and now home to Europe's largest fresco. Initiated by Viparis, the artwork was created by Ella & Pitr, a couple known for creating monumental murals on roofs, fields, facades, etc. At the beginning of June, the artist pair spent ten days creating this work, assisted by a team and the use of a drone to find their way around. The fresco can best be viewed from the rooftop terrace of Pavilion 7. As part of the renovation programme at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Pavilion 3 will be razed at the end of 2022 to make way for a brand-new structure – thus Ella & Pitr's artwork is both outstanding and ephemeral. "The scope of Ella & Pitr's work is a perfect match for the scale of the Porte de Versailles complex as well as the site's engagement with the city of Paris. In addition, the issues their work raises about the value of the ephemeral are a reflection of the event management industry, as well as Viparis's renovation efforts. The convergence of these shared values makes it possible to create an exceptional work of art – a first for Paris Expo Porte de Versailles", said Pablo Nakhlé Cerruti, CEO, Viparis.

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Practice | Design | Paris Expo Porte de Versailles | Pavilion 3 | Contemporary urban art | Fresco | Viparis | Ella & Pitr | Artwork