Not all artists, however, are interested in preserving their works! For the past few years, David Mesguich has been creating geometric sculptures and abandoning them in public areas. “With the help of a friend, I left a huge, geometrically-shaped head of a woman along the side of the road, in Marseilles, where it remained for three weeks before being swept away during a storm. But this work still lives on in the memories of the people who saw it there.” Based in Brussels, Mesguich has always been inspired by the street. He started off tagging the walls of his school, painted murals on the Berlin Wall, trains in Italy, subway cars in New York, and installed fake surveillance cameras in Marseilles, always with the same desire, that of challenging the idea of a city as an area where everything is partitioned, conditioned, sanitized, and required to conform. “Before, I ran with a bad crowd,” Mesguich admitted. The son of a leading figure in organized crime, he mostly saw his father behind bars when he was growing up. Today, he continues to walk this fine line between the legal and the illegal. In 2010, as a tribute to “Dad”, he and fifteen inmates worked together on the painting of a huge mural on the walls of Fresnes Prison.

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