Graffiti among cows and horses in Nogent-le-Rotro

Settling in Nogent-le-Rotrou, in Eure-et-Loir, “the capital of Birch,” Resk, Phok and Panonerpan thought they would never reuse their aerosol cans again. These graffiti artists from the suburbs of Paris and Orleans mourned their young passion for putting their belongings in the countryside with their wives and children.

Since the establishment of the Rur Festival in 2020 (short for “rurbanisation”), they have done more and more graffiti. One day, they tag a reaper for the section’s young farmers race. Another, they are in the courtyard of Château Saint-Jean for a graffiti demonstration, or they organize during the weekend, at the beginning of September, their festival dedicated to urban cultures (writing, skiing, breakdance …), a few steps from the birthplace of the poet Pléiade , Remy Belleau (1528-1577).

Jonathan Joyot, better known as Pannonirban, is also an associate professor of life and earth sciences at the high school that bears the name of this local character; Risk, or Christophe Delbar, is a local unit coordinator for the inclusive education of children with disabilities. Phok, Erwan Le Lann, is a regional agent in the aquatic center of this sub-prefecture.

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Before they led a well-ordered life, they all painted in vacant lots, draped shopkeepers’ curtains, or covered the gray walls of their town with their frescoes: “When I got here in 2010, I said to myself: She’s dead, I’m not going to paint anymore, I’m not going to meet someone else who paints with a spray can, He remembers Pannonirban. I didn’t see the benefit of ruining this city. »

Due to the festival’s success, the murals, which should have been covered after three months, are now visible until mid-May

The art of graffiti is lived primarily in the capitals, to break the anonymity of the big cities, to be present in the eyes of those who know the symbols of hip-hop culture, but in Nogent le Rotro, what use is the color placed on ancient noble stones or the fence of a cow and horse farm? And why, in the countryside, would no one be sensitive to this form of art?, Risk. Since we organized this festival, we only meet admirers, take pictures of themselves in front of the murals, from police officers to families, including local elected officials. »

The one who had the nerve to think about it was the place owner, Nicholas Caudmont, a former soldier, who grew up listening to NTM and Public Enemy at HLM in Normandy. This street art fanatic invested himself in renovating the property after leaving the military. By seizing the building nicknamed “Tor d’Ardeni”, he vowed to The construction of eight housing units there, requires eight parking lots. Then he bought 6000 square meters of adjacent industrial land, a former cement mixer factory. A part dedicated to a co-working space; The rest is loaned to associations that need to organize events there. During one of them, Panonerpan asked him if he could handle the wall: “Why not all of them?” Nicholas Codmont replied. Due to the festival’s success, the frescoes, which had to be covered three months later, became visible until mid-May. This year, more than thirty graffiti and street artists are expected to be on the 10th and 11th of September.

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