In La Seyne-sur-Mer, two pieces of street art are vying for the title of the most beautiful mural in France.

For the tenth consecutive year, Golden Street-Art rewards the most beautiful works of urban art in France. The first selection went to two frescoes that brighten up the facades of La Seyne-sur-Mer.

A national competition organized by trompe-l’, a specialist in wall paintings, Golden Street-Art has been distinguishing since January the creations created in the previous year. 55 frescoes were selected for 2023. Ten will be in the finals after online voting ends on February 4.

In La Seyne-sur-Mer, Master AND Lou Pescaire are two frescoes selected for this competition. It has been shining on the city walls for several months.

Two wall paintings from La Seyne-sur-Mer
The facade of the conservatory is decorated with a work by the Argentinian artist Juanjo Surace, which represents a woman playing a strange musical instrument (half flute, half harp, half trombone). Lou Pescaïre, which means “amateur fisherman” in Provençal, is the creation of two artists from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Sock and Tetal. “He’s a really symbolic fisherman here. Because of that, the locals can identify with him. They even take him as a symbol of their town.”says one of the creators, Tetal.

These two frescoes were created this summer as part of the 3rd year of the city’s MiniFest art festival. For three years now, La Seyne-sur-Mer has been a real place for nationally and internationally recognized graffiti artists. Around forty works and frescoes now paint some buildings in the city center.

Open-air museum

The city became an open-air museum. These works are also a tourist asset. By flashing the QR code, tourists can find the locations of the frescoes on the interactive map. “It creates economic attraction. It’s also an educational project with school children coming to see the works. And it also reflects our philosophy to bring color back to the city centre,” explains Nathalie Bicais, mayor of La Seyne-sur-Mer.

To win the prize for the most beautiful fresco, the two wall works from La Seyne-sur-Mer must first pass the first selection. That means being in the top ten who will have the most “Likes” on the competition’s Facebook page. Voters have until February 4 to comment. A jury of photographers and internet users will decide on the finalists.

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