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Street Artists Transform Derelict Paris Nightclub Into Sprawling Gallery [Pics]

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A temporary art space built out of the ruins brings an otherwise empty building back to life.

Ross Brooks
  • 25 april 2013

A group of world’s best street artists, including Futura, Space Invader and Sambre have been given free reign over a disused nightclub in the heart of Paris – resulting in something spectacular.

Les Bains-Douches was built in 1885 and served its first purpose as a public bathhouse before being converted into one of the city’s trendiest nightclubs called Les Bains. In it’s heyday, the club attracted names such as Kate Moss and Johnny Depp but thanks to a catastrophic attempt at DIY, the building was deemed unsafe and closed to the public. It’s future has since been secured and it’s pegged to be the site of a new venue in 2014.

What’s most strange about the gallery is that it isn’t open to the public and there are no plans to preserve any of the artworks once construction of the new club starts – it’s almost an exercise in absurdity. While this may be the case, it’s also a testament to fleeting beauty, showing that not everything has to be permanent in this world.

For those concerned they will never get a chance to experience it, at least take comfort in the fact there are two photographers working full-time to capture the various creations that are crafted into the building. Something that will last a lot longer than the building itself.

Les Bains

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