For over 10 days, Jean-Charles De Castelbajac a.k.a JC/DC worked on a monumental mural at Paris-Orly Airport. In August and September, passengers were invited to share their stories linked to the airport on Welcome Stories.
The artist captured 10 of the passenger’s stories and achieved a giant Fresco covering over 3,200 square meters (an area equivalent to that of just over 16 tennis courts) at the airport’s south terminal façade. Along with the sketches, the mural displays the word “Bienvenue” in enormous letters and the name of the event, “Welcome stories” .
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, his first airport experience was at Paris-Orly when he arrived from Nice at the age of 7.
“I am so lucky, I can draw on walls. I usually do it in secret with chalks in the streets of Paris”
The selected participants whose stories have been chosen will receive their own story illustrated by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and signed by the artist.
“This work of contemporary art illustrates the degree of intimacy linking the airport to all those who give it life, holding important moments of their past. It embodies our aim for continuous improvement in our customer service and echoes the desire of Aéroports de Paris to work on radiating French culture. This collaboration with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, a renowned artist, is the material expression of our commitment”, stresses Augustin de Romanet, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Paris.
The multi-talented artist founded his fashion design label in the 1970s. He has designed costumes for movies like Annie Hall and Mrs Doubtfire and stage costumes for Madonna, Kanye West, M.I.A, Beyoncé, Katy Perry.