We had first caught wind of the Mausolee project last summer while we were in France. Sowat had mentioned a monumental undertaking that he and Lek had been working on. We apologize for the late response on sharing this with you. There isn’t a bigger or intricate project I know about to date that is this large in scale and depth. What is more important to us is the projects mission statement, which we stand behind 100%. Lek and Sowat have been two of our favorite featured artists for some time. We feel both artists are helping define the next generation of graffiti, and where our culture might be headed. Progressive and raw, abstract in nature their work encapsulates the essence of what graffiti is about. It is great to see that through all the commercialization that is taking place in our art form that there are still artists who work for the art. Graffiti’s power lies in projects like these. Sometimes graffiti is best witnessed in cold dark corners of forgotten landscapes. We have always supported artists in galleries and museums, but it is also great to see real projects and installations taking place in natural environments such as this. In our eyes this project is unparalleled in its scope and importance in a time when our artform is in the limelight. This truly can be called a graffiti museum, one that can never be truly recreated indoors. That being said congratulations Lek, Sowat and all the artists that took their own paint and time to bring this to formation. I would share more pictures but we feel its better to watch the video and visit the site. We are truly in awe of this project and cant wait to see what comes next from these artists.


“On August 12, 2010, Lek and Sowat found an abandoned supermarket in the north of Paris. For a year, in the greatest of secrets, both artists continuously wandered in this 430,000 sq ft monument to paint murals and organize an illegal artistic residency, inviting forty French graffiti artists to collaborate, from the first to the last generation of the graffiti movement. Together they built a Mausoleum, a temple dedicated to their disappearing underground culture, slowly being replaced by street art and its global pop aesthetics.”