juliana santacruz herrera: decorative potholes juliana santacruz herrera: decorative potholes
apr 22, 2011

juliana santacruz herrera: decorative potholes

decorative potholes by juliana santacruz herrera in paris, france all images courtesy juliana santacruz herrera image © juliana santacruz herrera

artist juliana santacruz herrera has transformed the streets of paris through her visual intervention using braided strips of colourful fabric. seeing the many cracks and potholes of the city as the ‘canvas’ of her project, the site-specific pieces are a playful addition to the grey urban setting.

long lengths of dyed fabrics are braided and then coiled into the shallow breaks in the street. often made up of a combination of bright colours, the resulting effect creates a graphic and visually-arresting contrast to the city’s palette. 

image © juliana santacruz herrera

image © juliana santacruz herrera

detail image © juliana santacruz herrera

image © juliana santacruz herrera

image © juliana santacruz herrera

image © juliana santacruz herrera

image © juliana santacruz herrera

image © juliana santacruz herrera

images © juliana santacruz herrera

  • Come brighten my town up please!!!

    Me from a dull town says:
  • oooh, I love it!!!

    Valentina | indie-guest.it says:
  • Coulb be a solution for “nids de poule” in Montréal City

    Suzanne says:
  • you should come to malta, there isnt enough cotton in the world to help you

    Jonathan Fenech says:
  • Okay fine, but at least polyurethane it over so it looks purposeful, now its just bird nest material.

    skibeth says:
  • LOT, LOT, LOT of cracks & potholes here in my city, south of France (Collioure) !!!!!!!!!!!!! even, when reparing streets, they create “NEW” cracks & potholes !!!!!!!!!!
    PLEEEASE !!! come to enjoy my city too !!!!!!!!!!

    Filomene66 says:
  • wellcome to RIO juliana !!!

    sergio says:
  • lovely!

    micky says:
  • AWESOME idea! love it

    pauline says:
  • lile like like

    mika barr says:
  • welcome to upgrade russian roads)))

    serg emailoff says:
  • The Russian roads are waiting for you!

    Buratino says:
  • amazing idea!!!!!!!!!! loved it \m/

    hemali says:
  • I’m going to come off like an asshole here.. but how about doing something useful, rather than a bunch of yarn thats just going to need to be its self cleaned up, how about you ACTUALLY fill in the potholes with all this spare time he seems to have!? use colored solid filler for all i care!

    Prag says:
  • Prag… is that actually meant as a serious comment?

    it’s too obvious that filling the city’s potholes is not the responsibility of one random citizen…….
    but i am replying because you offer up one of my least favorite logics in the entire world.
    let’s be honest here: how many people seriously have a right to judge other people’s use of time?
    in this artist’s “spare time”, she brought a little bit of magic/inspiration/happiness/whatever to the 875 people
    who “liked” this article and the probably thousands of people who have seen the yarn in person;
    as well as, to speak to your need for practicality, temporarily filled in a number of potholes
    (the yarn looks to be doing about as good a job as cement would; unconventional: yes; practical: seems to be).
    what have you been up to in your spare time?

    .m. says:
  • Did she ask the City or State for permission?

    rick bergholz says:
  • Rick – they only would have asked for applications in triplicate, proof of insurances, union membership and an environmental assessment of the yarn…
    Looks terrific, is engaging and certainly can’t be any more of a trip hazard than the holes and cracks

    T says:
  • jajaja… elige una ciudad de Chile al azar, y tendrás mucho material para trabajar. Felicitaciones Juliana, bellas creaciones, suavizan lo desagradable que son de ver y sentir los hoyos en las calles, alegrando la experiencia.

    mangosto says:
  • UGLY
    Looks like a clown has been crushed on the floor.

    Stupid idea.

    Troconneuse says:
  • Please tell me how you do this. I am an art teacher in Colorado and want to do this with my students.

    Elizabeth Stanbro says:

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