On August 12, 2010, French graffiti artists Lek and Sowat found an abandoned supermarket of 430,000sq. ft in the north of Paris. For a year, in the greatest of secrets they invited forty French graffiti artists to collaborate and create an illegal graffiti Mausoleum.
As the monument is not accessible for safety reasons, Lek and Sowat recreated a few murals and installations in an abandoned apartment to share their experience with the public .
During the two years, they discovered traces of life from squatters that left in a rush. For the exhibition, the artists brought back toys, letters and objects as a tribute to the families living in the Mausolee.
An installation made of found signage on site, staff instructions and reports reminds of the golden days of the supermarket as key role to the community.
The opening was also the occasion to celebrate the release of the book (available here) and a video retracing all the visual process of this adventure.
The stop motion video made of 8000 pictures is now visible online
More info on the project and participating artists at mausolee.net