2KM3 – when a car park becomes ARTWORK! (SAINT-GERVAIS)

A few years back, a contingent of the MBFF team (the youngest member and myself) headed off on 🎨 a voyage of art exploration and discovery . . . to 🅿 the newly painted multi-storey 🚙 car park in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains: 🎨 2KM3.

This art project really is a masterpiece: an alternative museum of street art, a FREE museum, a museum open every day of the year! đź…ż Parking one’s car has never been so much FUN (it is also quite challenging, as the parking spots are quite tight!).

2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains © montblancfamilyfun.com

MBFF’s visit

We went with a 🚲 draisienne (push bike). There was 🎨 art, and there were some steep descents (and ascents on the return journey) for the little one! What a marvellous destination to bike! We loved it so much that we decided to bring back the rest of the family at the weekend, with a trottinette (scooter) to add to the intrigue and fun!

[ note: MBFF explored the car park when the paint was drying, and so there were no cars! You cannot visit in this place footloose and fancy-free way anymore, as it is a functioning đź…ż car park! But it is still immense fun to explore the car park in your car! ]

2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – on a draisienne © montblancfamilyfun.com
2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – admiring the art from a draisienne © montblancfamilyfun.com

2KM3‘s conception

The 🎨 protagonists in the conception of this unique art project were:

  • the mayor of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Jean-Marc Peillex;
  • Hugues Chevalier, President of the Kill Art Factory;
  • and artist FrĂ©dĂ©ric Battle (Zoer);

[ interesting fact: the name 🎨 2KM3 is the abbreviation of the measurement of wall space and ceiling given to each artist (2000m3) ]


The artists

🎨 2KM3 was an ambitious project as the artists involved took only 17 days to complete their work! 🎨 Twelve French and international street artists were involved, and they covered all eleven floors of the car park (each working with 450 m² of walls and 500 m² of ceiling), and the façade, and each using their own unique style:

2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – entrance © montblancfamilyfun.com
2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains © montblancfamilyfun.com
2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains © montblancfamilyfun.com
2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains © montblancfamilyfun.com
2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains © montblancfamilyfun.com
2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains © montblancfamilyfun
2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains © montblancfamilyfun.com
2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains © montblancfamilyfun.com
2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains © montblancfamilyfun.com
2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains © montblancfamilyfun.com
2KM3 in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – façade © montblancfamilyfun.com

2KM3 – Acte II (2018 update)

Some of the original 2KM3 artists got busy again in 2018 – this time modernising the northern facade of La Poste in Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc, đź’¦ the Saint-Gervais swimming pool and 🚡 the Bettex and Mont d’Arbois tĂ©lĂ©cabines stations;

2KM3 Acte II – la Poste © Saint Gervais Tourisme
2KM3 Acte II – la piscine © 2KM3
2KM3 Acte II – la piscine © 2KM3

Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc – an alpine art hub (archipel d’art contemporain)

Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc is now well and truly on the cutting edge of contemporary art, as in addition to the 2KM3 project, there are:

  • the 🖼 temporary exhibitions in the Pile Pont exhibition space (one of the pillars of the viaduct);
  • the 🖼 Salle GĂ©o Dorival (temporary exhibitions) in the centre of town;
  • the 🖼 open-air museum in the Parc Thermal in Le Fayet,
  • the artists in residence at the 🏰 Maison Forte de Hautetour;

Practical Information

⇒ for more information about 2KM3, see FB page;

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