Paris artist among 7 visiting artists creating mural in Eugene

(SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. -- The 20X21 EUG Mural Project continues this week as artists come from all over the world to decorate the Eugene with their artwork.

To date, four murals have been created, and by the end of the week a total of 14 will be completed for the project.

Blek le Rat, an artist known as the godfather of stencil art from Paris, France, says he's excited to be leaving his piece of art for the city of Eugene to enjoy.

From street art to graffiti, Blek has shared his passion with the world for over 40 years, and now in Eugene as well.

Le Rat is one of seven artists sharing their work this week, each showing off their personal style.

"He is a legend, so to have the godfather of stencil art in our community is a once in a life time experience," says the project's Debbie Williamson.

Le Rat is known for his legal and illegal art all over the world.

"I have been working in Asia, in Europe, in my state, in South America, in Africa, everywhere," he said, creating a modern version of Pied Piper, a story known all over the world.

"I try to imagine a new version of the guy who is playing pipe, now is playing violin, and he attracts all the rats from the city."

Like any artist, there is deeper meaning in his artwork; the rats symbolize Paris.

"We have many rats in Paris," he says, "there is more rats in Paris than people living in the city."

The man playing the violin is his son.

"He is everywhere in the world, actually; I put him in New York, I put him everywhere...Dubai, also playing violin."

But his overall goal is to leave the mural as a gift for the city of Eugene.

Le Rat will be doing other murals this week and you may see a non-scheduled mural around town as well, organizers say.

If you want to find out more on this project, visit the 20X21 EUG Mural Project website and the project's Facebook page.

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