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Le CyKlop

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Through his polychrome and fantastic graphic universe, Le CyKlop (Olivier D'Hondt) seeks to free himself from conventional media such as walls or canvas, in order to focus on objects. The street is his creative space. This graphic designer and visual artist who grew up in Normandy brings a touch of fantasy to the city’s street art style. This playful and popular art borrows its artistic language from toys, comics or animal bestiaries... By placing an eye on metal bollards that prohibit parking, he tries to bring them to life, give them a soul and create a form of fantasy.

Drawing on the history of the Cyclops, he adapted Greek mythology with the Toys sauce. In 2015, his creations thus revisited the history of art from Montmartre to Paris. The parking bollards on Piemontesi Street have been repainted in the style of works by painters who have lived or worked on the hill.

It was commissioned by the Local Democracy Service and the 18th arrondissement neighbourhood council, and since then other such projects have been carried out in and around the capital. The bollards spread from Berlin to China, becoming playful and fantastic characters, which are both strange and funny. "For me, it's a way of challenging people on the way they experience life in their city and understand urban space", says the artist. He also invests in many media and revisits the myth of Ulysses and the Cyclops told in Homer's Odyssey through everyday objects that become toys, tables, sculptures or beautiful works of art.

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