Nicolas Géant tending to his bees on the rooftop of the Grand Palais in Paris.
As bees are becoming the latest species moving toward extinction, many beekeepers in Paris are finding urban rooftops to be a great place to harvest and house their honey. Urban beekeeping has been on the rise, doubling in numbers in New York and London between 1999 and 2012. In Paris, many famous tourist spots are only a few of the locations throughout the city with movable frame hives like the one pictured above located on its rooftops. Among the documented hives are those located at Opera Garnier, Notre Dame de Paris, Grand Palais, and the National Assembly in Paris. Certain hotels like the Mandarin-Oriental and the Eiffel Park Hotel also house bees on their roofs–and they sell their honey at a steep price too, around 15 euros for 150 grams (about 20 bucks for a third of a pound)!
At first when you watch this video of an empty Paris, you might think to yourself that this could just be Paris in the early morning. But then you see large boulevards like the Champs-Élysées completely barren, and the Périphérique highway which circles Paris devoid of cars. Then there’s the Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars empty. La Defense looms like an overbuilt patch, post apocalypse.
Alex Chinneck’s installation in Cliftonville features a house with a sliding façade. Photo via Dezeen.
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The Front of this House is Sliding Off (kind of)
Visit the seaside neighborhood of Cliftonville––a coastal area in the town of Margate, England––and you’ll quickly stumble on a surrealist surprise. Amid a row of ordinary private residences on Godwin Road, there’s one house whose façade literally droops to the street. The house, once a dilapidated, weed-ridden shell earmarked for social, is actually an installation by artist Alex Chinneck, despite his signature lack of signs, plaques, or other indications on the art itself. Despite a year of attempting to secure the rights to use the building, the installation itself only took six weeks––and it is remarkably convincing.
Yesterday in Paris, the largest collective street art exhibition opened in the 13th arrondissement on Rue de Bellievre near the Quai d’Austerlitz in a 10-story concrete and brick tower. The Galerie Itinerrance obtained use of the building before its demolition in 2014 and invited 80 artists from all over the world to decorate freely on the inside and outside of the building. 36 apartments were entirely painted and the artists each had their own area to work. In total more than 4500 square meters of street art were created.
This week, we wanted to highlight all the urban exploration and city finds our readers have been photographing on Instagram and Twitter all around the world. Hashtag #untappedcities and follow Untapped Cities on Instagram to get your photos featured in this weekly roundup.
Instagrammer @laraelmayan shows us this Art Deco facade in the Manhattan’s Financial District with a surprisingly warm glow: