François Abelanet is a French artist known for his anamorphic manipulations of landscapes. Anamorphic images — which are distorted images that take on recognizable shapes when looked at from a certain angle — have been popping up all over recently, and Abelanet’s particular brand of trompe l’oeil can be seen in its latest incarnation at the Hotel de Ville’s “jardin éphémère”. It is open to the public for free from June 24 to July 15.
This large work of art, measuring 100 meters in length, is devoted to the theme of urban trees. Titled “Qui croire?”, or, “Whom to believe?”, it shows the relationship between urban planning and nature. Its aim is to encourage us to appreciate the “fundamental place of nature” within the city of Paris.
This is a video depicting Abalenet’s work from 2009 at the jardins du château de Saint-Germain en Laye.
Where you can see “Qui croire?”
At Hotel de Ville, 29 rue Rivoli, from June 24 to July 15.
Opening times: 9:00 to 18:00
Métro: Hôtel de Ville, Lines 1 and 11, Bus 67, 69, 70, 76, 96