Turns out that the tour was one prepared by Adam Roberts, whose blog, Invisible Paris, I always enjoy. Adam's Paris rarely features fashion, chocolate or restaurant reviews. Thank goodness. Instead, his focus is a mix of architecture, urban history, art, politics, and sociology. This tour (which you can download for your smartphone at iTunes or in a .pdf if you're old school like me) wanders about the streets of Menilmontant and Belleville on the city's eastern edge.
But street art being what it is, some of it had disappeared since the last time my friend had done the walk. There were freshly painted walls in places, buildings demolished in others. But there were also new works, and one series, featuring a lonely looking fellow on a ladder, particularly captured our attention.
Every time we rounded a corner, there was another variation with moods varying from introspective to humorous to alienated.
At one point, we happened upon an entire wall populated with these figures. Regrettably, I did not note the exact location.
None of these works were signed and certainly not explained. So who is this mysterious artist and what does it all mean? I shot an e-mail to Adam and very quickly he found the answer. If you're as curious as me, you'll have to pop on over to his blog....the story continues here.
Thanks to Adam for his incredible responsiveness to my question. And a thousand thanks to Karen for sharing the day with me. Wherever you lead, I will follow.