The artist Gregos has created a series of plaster masks that are painted, then mounted to stick out of walls, amusing passersby in Paris. The masks are funny, with a tongue sticking out, blowing a kiss or giving the thumbs-up. They have become so popular that locals and tourists alike spend time hunting them down, taking photos of them and sometimes even stealing them!
Gregos is happy to work with anyone passionate about his project. A friend’s birthday was just around the corner, and I couldn’t imagine a more perfect gift than a piece of public art made personal, then displayed in his favorite quartier so that he could appreciate it each time he passes by. To order the mask, I logged on to the artist’s website and clicked on “collaborations.” I selected a mask, and five days later it arrived. Time to get creative. I can’t say it was easy, but eventually I came up with a design that was personal but could be shared with the public, easy to execute yet artistic. If this seems too daunting to you, click on “boutique,” where you can purchase one of Gregos’s original pieces.