On Thursday evening, the Paul Smith store on Rue du Fossé in Luxembourg city centre was the location for the latest instalment of James Straffon’s live art installation project.
The British Ambassador to Luxembourg, John Marshall, expained that the live art project comprises three elements liked to the world of cycling, the first involving 12 canvasses of Tour de France cycling legends, including 3 from Luxembourg, 2 from Britain, 2 from France, 2 from Italy, 1 from Belgium, 1 from Spain and 1 from The Netherlands. The vernissage to celebrate this will be held at the British Ambassador’s residence towards the end of June.
The second element comprises street art courtesy of the set of stencils, with all 20 municipalities through which the Tour de France will pass while in Luxembourg on 3 & 4 July, participating.
The third element involves the street art in Luxembourg city centre, including Place Guillaume II and other locations; now there is one outside the Paul Smith store on Rue du Fossé too.
The subject of the live art installation – which took just over an hour to complete – was Tom Simpson, a British cyclist famous in the 1960s – the same stencil used when the Duchess of Cambridge visited Luxembourg recently and was performed on a board at the Place Clairefontaine.
Photo (above, L-R): Frederic Bourgeois, manager at Paul Smith Luxembourg; artist James Straffon; Elfi Laborde, Paul Smith