Just recently, the fourth edition of French mural festival Bien Urbain took place in Besancon. 15 international artists created mural paintings, installations, sound or interactive pieces in public space and the results are just stunning.
Our friends from Graphic Surgery painted the facade of the university campus. Check their story here.
About the festival
It is not about designing an open-air art gallery neither about decorating the town. Bien Urbain offers breathing times in our daily life, through visuals and sounds.
The signs that are present in the public spaces are intended to transmit a clear, logical and rational messages. By inviting artists developping poetic and ambiguous works, we deliberately take the opposite view of the existing landscape.
Bien Urbain is built during one month and the most important events are improvised daily:
discussions, stories, surprises (and the weather!) are engines both for artists and volunteers.
Over the days, the artistic routes change. Meetings and visits are open and free to everyone, which create space for discussion and debate.
Photos via Bien Urbain
Jaz – Franco Fasoli (Ar)
Paintings crossing bodies and geometrical patterns
Pastel – Francisco Diaz (Ar)
Mixed figurative and abstract paintings
Étienne Bultingaire (Fr)
Aurélien Bertini (Fr)
Les frères Ripoulain (Fr)
Performances, installations, paintings
Pierre Laurent Cassière (Fr)
Graphic Surgery (Nl)
Geometrical black and white paintings
Zosen et Mina (Sp – Ja)
Paintings and installations
Abstract digital paintings
Organic themed paintings
Brad Downey (Us)