By bike or on foot, guided tours to discover street art in Tours and the surrounding areas are offered each year by the Tourist Office of Tours Loire Valley. An interlude accompanied by expert guides to learn more about urban art and the anecdotes surrounding it.
Under the guidance of a guide, the Tours Loire Valley Tourist Office and the city of Tours offer you a "Street Art" tour.
Various artists have worked in the city, whether it be private commissions or free works, some visible to all, others more discreet. This tour allows you to discover different types of contemporary expression.
At the foot of the Tour Charlemagne, the walls of the passageway showcase pop-up street art works, replaced every two months. The initiative is led by the Tours branch of the M.U.R. (Modular, Urban and reactive) association (see interview page 6). Open-air artistic line-up with artists from all backgrounds, including Mr. Dheo, Madame, Dawal and Monkey Bird. What’s special about this initiative? It’s a “wall of free expression”, artists are given free rein and surprises are in store at each inauguration!
Several hundred metres long, the enclosure of the former Beaumont-Chauveau military barracks has been transformed thanks to the work of graffiti artists and amateurs who have adorned it with a thousand colours. It is also here where the first third-place of Tours is located: Les Beaumonts. This former military hall, with 1,500 sq. m. of space, hosts local and charity events, ecological and artistic happenings organised by residents. Exhibitions, concerts, dance classes, reading clubs, meetings... Open programming where everyone can discover or help build a project!
Between concrete and unspoiled Loire, under the Mirabeau bridge, street artists are given free rein to brighten up the landscape!
Ten or so French and Belgian artists have transformed this underground car park into an urban art gallery. On the ramps, near the lifts, on the ground and on the pillars, figurative forms and realist drawings adorn all four levels.
At the exit from the Tours train station, 140 sq. m of frescos adorn the wall. Commissioned by the city in collaboration with Robert (Bob) Jeudy, Vice-President of the M.U.R Oberkampf association, and specialist in French urban art. These coloured paintings immerse you in the dreamlike world of street artist Brusk, or inspired by Drope’s cartoons.
The Street Art Clinic
Opposite the cathedral, the former Saint Gatien clinic is being transformed into an alternative venue open to the public. Until October 29, 2023, 30 artists will take over the walls, from floor to ceiling, to create a veritable museum dedicated to street art. On the first floor, equipped with a headlamp, you can enjoy a truly alternative visiting experience in the dark. The Bloc features a bar and restaurant area, where you can savour local produce. Concerts, meetings with artists and mediators punctuate this space resolutely turned towards street art.
The famous “filles du vent” by Gil KD, the mosaics illustrating the street names of MifaMosa, the quirky paintings by Bongo and the poetic works of Mr Plume... art is on every street corner! So that you don’t miss any work of art, join the Facebook group "Street art Tours City" which keeps track of new works of art and provides an interactive map.