The point of departure
At the beginning of the 1990s, the city of Lyon decided to upgrade the rue de la Martinière, the central thoroughfare of the 1st arrondissement. How could property, shops and tourism be made more attractive in this long street in the heart of the city between the River Saone and Fourvière hill at one end and the hill of the Croix-Rousse at the other? What is more, it lies opposite the historic district of Saint-Jean, a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
Action / result
The Lyonnais Fresco project came to life on a blind wall, and covers a surface area of 800 m² on what was formerly a real urban eyesore.
It depicts 30 of the famous men and women who have forged the history of Lyon, from the Roman emperor Claud, born in Lyon, to Father Pierre and Paul Bocuse, the Pope of French cuisine, all placed at the windows, doorways and balconies of this monumental trompe-l’oeil. They meet each other through the centuries. Also evoked are the techniques of Jacquard and the Lumière brothers, adventure with Claude Martin and Verrazane, the sciences with Claude Bernard, literature with Louise Labé, Maurice Scève, Saint-Exupéry and Frédéric Dard, research with Marcel Mérieux and Ampère, and humanism with Pauline Jaricot.
The work can be savoured like a good book. It attracts more than a million tourists every year, many of whom take selfies of themselves in the good company of the characters in the fresco.
Budget et Technique
Cost of the monumental mural design project:
- Project coordination/ Design / Production of 800 m or artistic mural painting.
- €300 K ex. tax*.
The property in figures:
- Building located in year area classified by the Architects of France and the UNESCO.
- Timetable for carrying out the project: 9 months.
Technical characteristics of the painted facades:
- Concrete support with fabric wall covering.
* Excluding scaffolding, surface preparation, team facilities, site office with access to water.