For the most part, dorm room decor is fairly simple: beige walls, a few posters, the thirty-six empty beer bottles that you need to frantically hide under the bed when parents visit. But one dorm in Paris has gotten a gorgeous makeover that puts the usual Van Gogh posters to shame.
The Cité Internationale Universitaire asked 100 graffiti artists to come decorate one of their old dormitories. The “installation” took three weeks to put up, and was part of the summer urban art festival Rehab 2. For a month afterward, the public was able to come in and feast their eyes on its dizzying mishmash of art styles.
Unfortunately, the colorful dorm will not be hosting any students. The “renovation” is just the prelude to an actual renovation that the school is planning, and the art exhibit will eventually be destroyed. But photographers have captured the images for the whole world to see. So if you’d like to see the dorm rooms of your dreams (or, perhaps, your nightmares), read on!
This acidic ’80s dreamscape is certainly inspired, but maybe not the thing for when you’re coming back from a dorm room party. Anything that confuses the walls and the floors is bound to be bad news.
This looks like the kind of thing engineering students would have night terrors about after studying too many vector diagrams. Nah, just kidding, engineering students never get to sleep anyway!
Not entirely sure what this is meant to be, although “arachnaphobe’s worst nightmare” is my best guess.
Ah, the city. Perfect for that shut-in studier who never leaves the dorm except to scuttle out under cover of darkness to buy more ramen.
My first-year English professor would have probably called this artwork “a profound commentary on the isolation of human beings in our modern electronic society, which hints to the viewer that genuine human connection is now impossible.” I call it “blue.”
This black-and-white design is lovely and calming, but I doubt that any student would be able to resist the adult-coloring-book impulse. No one would be getting their security deposit back in that room!
The gentle pastels and the soothing images make this an incredibly calming room. So, basically, where you’d find half the students, huddled and sobbing, around midterms.
As someone who spent 0% of their university time in art classes, I assume this must have been done via witchcraft. I mean, look at the details on her face!
This image is so profoundly cursed that no one even wanted to take credit for bringing it into the world. I think it might inspire me to study if I were living there; the idea of procrastinating with its dark eyes boring into my soul is unthinkable.
I think the best part about this stairwell is that it launches you directly up into space, which is what most university students want after they’re done finals.
Once, when a friend of mine was leading a university tour, a student came out of his dorm in the nude, told the high-schoolers, “Don’t come here,” and then went back to sleep. I think that’s the look the artist is going for here.
I mean, seriously. This is what you’d put up on the wall if you want to gently and kindly inspire your roommate to spend more time outdoors. Or at a different university altogether.
I don’t really have anything smart to say about this gorgeous abstract piece except that it looks like the insides of my brain after I finish writing an essay.
Mad Science is the order of the day in this room, as the artist makes their horrifying creations a reality on a dim canvas. The debris on the floor is an intentional aesthetic decision, an excuse I wish I’d thought of when my roommate asked me to pick up my clothes.
This is either a beautiful hybrid of the natural world and the electronic or the world’s most ill-advised Pokemon. You decide.
I’m not sure who is supposed to be living among us, but the man in the foreground sure looks like a bald Benedict Cumberbatch, so I’m going with British actors.
I’m genuinely blown away by this piece. Look at the wrinkles! Look at the folds of his turban! Look at the finely-painted hairs on his mustache! It’s artworks like these that remind us that graffiti can inspire and inform as much as any piece hung in the Guggenheim.