French artist Levalet transforms the urban environment into humor-filled, life-sized installations

You may not have ever thought of your art teacher as the next Banksy, but for students of French artist Levalet, that’s pretty much what it’s like. For six years, Levalet has been using everyday objects and city infrastructure in Paris to create a sizable portfolio of playful, life-sized street art.

Levalet’s work includes an advertisement box transformed into an x-ray machine, a man falling down stairs and subjects in a game of tug of war.

Levalet is actually an art teacher named Charles Leval that sees a great opportunity to create humor from often overlooked details in the urban environment. He spends a lot of time wandering the streets of Paris, looking for ideal spots both for ideas he already has or to see what the urban spaces lend themselves to. He then takes measurements and creates the wheat paste-ups at home before returning to sites and installing his work at night.

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