How does Paris render the blank slate of a wall more inviting? By either painting a mural or planting a garden on the vertical space.
An urban oasis
Below is the Oasis of Aboukir Street, brainchild of botanist Patrick Blanc:
This popular experiment in the greening of Paris is also a model of biodiversity, with 237 species of plants.
The staircase garden of Place Benjamin Fondane:
In a niche in the staircase, a rare type of Wallace Fountain is affixed to the wall instead of free-standing:
Vertical garden seen from Promenade Plantée
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