Artist Stephane Jaspert, living & working in Paris.

Painting anything on old cobblestones from the street since 1999.

 

"The highest symbol for the people is the cobblestone.

                  One walks on it, until it falls on your head"   - Victor Hugo

 

The idea is light

The proposal is to paint well known pictures.

It can be famous paintings, brand marks, logos, personalities, signs...all the images and symbols seen in today's visual culture.This task is endless: there is an infinity of images. The choice of pictures is automatically related to the artist's environment.


The support is heavy

Symbolizing duration, the support is rock. It's picked from the streets of Paris. Ancient pavement stones, cobblestones. Each single rock serves as canvas for a particular representation.

"Le pave" in french also means "the street" and it's toughness. It represents the organised public area in which all the social actors meet in reasonable order, or the chaos when they are used as weapons and barricades in the different revolts.

Only cobblestones that have really been used as such in the streets of Paris are utilized. They are loaded with history.

Generally granite, but also sandstone or porphyry. Often ligth grey with black spots, there is a huge variety of colors from pure white through light yellow, ochre, light blue, light pink, red, brown, dark green, to black. These colors are most visible on rainy days and on the sawed stones. It is a long lasting material, but also intensely vibrating, offering a very rich background.

( --> sawed stones in the rain ) ........................( --> Granite - Wikipedia )

In Paris there is mainly 3 kinds of cobblestones:

  • the "Mosaïque" or "10x10" is the small one, an irregular cube of about 10cm side ( 4 inches ), it can be found in Montmartre and many little streets in Paris. (--> Mosaique layed in fan pattern)
  • the "Echantillon" rectangular around 20cm x 15cm X 15cm ( 8in x 6in x 6in), is very often hidden under the asphalt everywhere in Paris.
  • the "Napoleon", the big one, irregular cube of around 20cm side ( 8in ), very rare, in front on "Notre Dame" or "St Germain des Pres" church.

Since 20 years they exist in the sawed version, with one or more plane surfaces.

Mostly these sizes are used :.................(--> Sizes used as support)


The medium is cheap:

Gouache paint ( or tempera ) with several layers of oil varnish.


Installation in progress

Some of these works are inserted back where they belong : among the other cobblestones in street paving

(--> Installation in Public Spaces )

 

Search engine placement

Like others the goal of this website is to be found in search engines. When the cobblestone series started out, in 1999, the point was not to show them on the internet. The first website was made by Serge Roze des Ordons in 2003. It appeared that the paintings representing popular images also were demanded subjects in searches, so the rock paintings (with respective keywords) popped up among those searches. It became a logical part of the work. An image is found on Google, painted on a pave and the photo of the rock painting goes back on Google. There are far more people who see pictures of the paintings on the web than people who will actually see them for real.


Goal

Make people question their own mythology of images and those related to different cultures.

Make people question about the pertinency and permanency of these symbols reproduced over and over, in relation with very various fields (ex.:advertising)

Offer a joyfull path, a rock painted history, testimony of today's consumption of imagery and growing interest in cultural matter, ready made fossiles for future anthropologists.

ART PARIS / CONTEMPORARY VISUAL CULTURE