Prepare yourself to come face to face with a bygone era, a world away from the sanitised picture-postcard Paris we now know.
Brutally wiped out by a major cleaning campaign mounted by transport operator RATP throughout the entire Paris subway network, the legendary mould and mildew ornaments that constituted the charm of the old Métro stations are being reintegrated into their original environment and presented in a spectacular flashback exhibition.
Paris Pourri will be running until July 19, 2004 on the platforms of 23 renovated Métro stations. This unprecedented show “is about celebrating the beauty of these flamboyant, intricate mould patterns”, says exhibition curator Jack Mortimer. The event “should fill RATP’s immaculate environment with a much-needed sense of freedom”.
A breadth of fresh air? Not for the faint-hearted then.