Passage Hervieu: Street Art in Cherbourg

I really liked the murals on this small apartment building, just a half block south of my hotel on Rue De La Marine in Cherbourg.

As out of place as this marginally tropical upbeat dystopian scene seemed to be from the real Cherbourg, the motif really fit nicely. Like a Sancerre with Normande oysters. More on that another time. Enjoy!

Shot on 11 and 14 April 2012.

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  1. April 19, 2012 at 2:15 am — Reply

    I can feel the energy! The first one is my favorite.

  2. April 19, 2012 at 3:15 am — Reply

    This is stunning! I wonder who lives there.

    • April 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm — Reply

      Mostly young people from what I could gather.

  3. April 19, 2012 at 3:36 am — Reply

    Looks like we have something in common…travel! Just stopping by from the Challenge…


    • April 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm — Reply

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. April 19, 2012 at 6:48 am — Reply

    So funky and cool! I like how you’ve shown the art up close as well as in context.

  5. April 19, 2012 at 8:42 am — Reply

    Pretty cool and creative. It’s so interesting and would love to know what some of those mean. I guess their visitors will never get lost finding this apartment.

  6. April 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    Very interesting murals. If only all graffiti artists can be so inspired.

  7. travelnwrite
    April 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    Fantastic series of photos. The close ups really bring it to life.

  8. April 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm — Reply

    Stunning artwork – and not what I would expect to stumble across in France.

    • April 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm — Reply

      I’m curious – Why not?

  9. April 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    Someone has some real talent. The second photo makes me wonder who lives behind the door.

  10. April 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm — Reply

    You’re right – I wouldn’t expect to see that in Cherbourg, but it does seem to fit. It’s very well done, actually. I like it.

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  12. April 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    Wow! Most of them have a little bit of an aggressive vibe I think. Would you agree? Is that maybe part of the city?

  13. April 20, 2012 at 5:03 am — Reply

    Very cool images! You’ll find this kind of “street art” in many cities today, including San Francisco, near my home.

  14. April 20, 2012 at 7:11 am — Reply

    Love, love, love these. Such energy!

  15. Christie
    May 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm — Reply

    Amazing! If I lived in a detached or semi-detached house I’d certainly hire a street artist to freshen up my place. I wonder how these paintings conform with Cherbourg bylaw. Unfortunately, I would have to visit Toronto city council because creating street art in Toronto still requires special permits, even if the owner of the wall approves of the painting.

    • May 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm — Reply

      Thanks for the Toronto link, and that’s a good question. My guess is that some sort of bylaws must exist. I spent almost three days in and around Cherbourg and didn’t too much street art. Certainly no other buildings like this.

  16. October 19, 2013 at 12:42 am — Reply

    I love reading these articles because they’re short but informative.

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