Paris Rendez-Vous hosted the exhibition “I Vélib’ I Can Fly.” 19 international
artists, passionate about the urban world of cycling, unveiling new works that interpret their vision of riding a Vélib’ bike in Paris. Since its launch in 2007, Vélib’ has become a veritable icon of Paris, inspiring artists around the world and reflecting the Parisian lifestyle. The city of Paris and JCDecaux have collaborated with the U.S.-based bicycle poster collective ARTCRANK to bring together French, American, and British artists,
all devotees of cycling, to interpret this iconic symbol through handmade, silkscreened posters.
The 19 original, limited-edition silkscreen
invited Parisians to dive deep into a new artistic universe that showcases Paris as it is explored by bicycle. A diverse array of compositions was on display – dreamlike, symbolic, and humorous.
Workshops and creation spaces
allowed visitors to express in turn what they feel on a Vélib’ bike ride through the capital city. Every Saturday from 3 to 5 pm, artists will hold workshops to introduce the young and old alike to the art of silkscreen printmaking.
To complement the exhibition, Vélib’ will join Le Slip Français to introduce a “I Vélib’, I Can Fly” capsule fashion collection. 100% made in France, these t-shirts, bags, underwear and espadrilles will get Parisians ready for summer! Opening night, visitors discovered the collection while enjoying musical ambience created by Tourne Disque.
Image Républic has created small souvenir prints of the original posters so visitors could take home a memento of the exhibition. They will be available at Paris Rendez-Vous and online at boutique.paris.fr.