Sometimes itâ€™s a case of â€˜you had to be thereâ€™. In several streets where I have walked, mainly in the 1st to 4th arrondissements, there are these large paintings on the pavement of a foetus, sometimes in the womb. They are not stencils but the uniformity of the different renditions and their size suggests that the act of painting them involved a performance calibrated to the artistâ€™s body measurements. I could speculate about what event, cause or band they were advertising, but really I donâ€™t know. I suppose the meaning of this graffiti was understandable at the time when it was done.
The foetus in Rue des Halles is an example of â€˜layeringâ€™,Â where one piece of pavement graffiti is laid over another â€“ in this case the â€˜official graffitiâ€™ of a pedestrian crossing. The photograph also shows a pair of police on roller blades.