I bloody love pop-ups in old SNCF sheds. Seriously! That’s not just because my partner’s a train driver either. The latest is a doozy. L’Aérosol opened on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, and is a huge industrial space dedicated to street art in the north of Paris.
Last year Ground Control was the go to spot, housed in former railway sheds in the 18th. sadly it has lost its edge since moving to a smaller and less interesting location next to Gare de Lyon. Step-in L’Aérosol who have transformed a huge space with walls filled with ever changing street art by some top professionals and amateurs alike. You can buy cans from the Maquis-art shop to add your own art. I hadn’t graffitied since I was a teen but had a blast tagging and creating with my family.
All that street art admiring and creating is thirsty work so luckily there is a bar and lots of street food options. You can sit at huge tables completely surrounded by art. Inside is an open bar and DJ booth – the music is mostly house, electro, rap, hip-hop, afrobeat so the vibe is cheerful.
You can bring your own picnic or enjoy the vendors. Hot-dogs are provided by Richard’s Hot Dog, burgers by Nolita Street, pizzas with Airstream Pizza and there is, of course, curry wurst. Munchies Food Truck offers Egyptian and Japanese cuisine, there are Greek specialties thanks to Nykos food truck and poutine with Pout’s Truck. There’s also ice creams from La Tropicale.
There is also a pétanque ground, roller skating, tattoo artists, skate ramps and there will be pop-up trade fairs. One of the organisers told us that there will be a second room added to show work by top artists such as Invader and JonOne, and will also include playful and futuristic activities such as a virtual reality experience, a digital wall on which you can paint with a spray paint can that will be available.
L’Aerosol is open until January 18 so grab your spray cans and go get creative.