Next time you're walking through a major European city, remember to take a look at the ground. You might come across an unexpected work of art. French artist Ememem—sometimes known as “the pavement surgeon”—fixes cracks and holes in the street and sidewalks by filling them with colorful mosaics.
The artist has a freeform approach to these on-site installations called “flacking,” which refers to the French word flaque, meaning puddle. Since no anomaly in the pavement is the same, Ememem has to adjust designs to suit the unique shape. This requires finding a special selection of ceramic, wood, and bitumen that matches his idea. As a result, his mosaics range from densely packed strips to large checkerboards.
Ememem began his project in his home city of Lyon but has since expanded his canvas to other cities in France. He's left his touch in countless corners of metropolises by healing neglected scars in the streets, one mosaic at a time. As a result, these works no longer look like a sign of neglect, but instead seem like beautiful surprises on the pavement.
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