A Fake Door in Paris

Four years ago, artist Julien Berthier put up a fake business front on a blank wall in Paris. Today the door is still there, one of a handful of fake storefronts in the world, says Geoff Manaugh.

Geoff also points to a fake brownstone in New York that is an entrance to the subway system. The disguise is intended to thwart terrorists.

Manaugh writes, "...these sorts of "fake" spaces are not uncommon at all. There are also "dummy houses" in London-specifically at 23-24 Leinster Gardens-that were constructed from the very beginning as nothing but façades. They don't even have interiors; they are simply vents for the Underground, disguised as faux-Georgian flats."

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Artists using bare walls

I attended a downtown festival in which a bare wall was temporarily used by an artist to display her paintings. She tacked up a long horizontal string and attached her paintings to the string with clothes pins.

This brought a bit of Europe to the city. I think it's great to make use of bare walls for this type of purpose. (Of course, their are also murals.)

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