Cerbere tunnel graffiti

Chaotic beauty: Tunnel graffiti in France

It's an elaborate and very chaotic yet beautiful execution of graffiti on tunnel walls

It’s an elaborate and very chaotic yet beautiful execution of graffiti on tunnel walls

I was enroute from Barcelona in Spain to Perpignan in southern France and, as I wasn’t able to get on the high speed TGV, I instead opted to ride the TER which made the longer route. However, the train was only up to Cerbère, the border town of France and we had to get on the bus to Perpignan instead.

But whoa! As we went from Gare de Cerbère, the train station to the beach front for the awaiting bus, we passed by an underground tunnel that was full of graffiti! But it was such a chaotic yet wonderful and colorful work of art covering the entire tunnel wall from end to end.

There were bright red strokes, blue lines and shades, black dashes and letters as well as splashes of pink. I just can’t help but stop, gaze in awe and take photographs and at the same time, hurrying up for the bus.

It was an amazing discovery!

Detail of one section of tunnel wall

Detail of one section of tunnel wall

It's one huge mural from end to end as passengers from the train station pass

It’s one huge mural from end to end as passengers from the train station pass

Colorful graffiti has taken over all the surface of the tunnel walls

Colorful graffiti has taken over all the surface of the tunnel walls

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

3 Comments

  1. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    November 12, 2013 @ 23:41

    This is wonderful! To think its graffiti! Wow. Now, I can’t blame you from stopping to admire such art.

  2. estancabigas
    November 12, 2013 @ 23:43

    beautifully done graffiti no?

  3. Passing through Cerbere's rugged and sad countryside » langyaw
    May 5, 2014 @ 21:35

    […] are the people? A few minutes ago, we were walking from the Gare de Cerbère and passed through a colorful tunnel. The town of Cerbere, in the Langeudoc-Roussillon region of Southern France was nearly deserted […]

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