Snoopy and Char­lie Brown be­come street art stars

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PARIS — Good grief, Char­lie Brown has got into graf­fiti...

The first of a se­ries of huge street art projects fea­tur­ing Snoopy and the Peanuts gang was un­veiled in Paris on Satur­day.

The wraps will come off other mu­rals in New York Mon­day with Tokyo, Seoul, Ber­lin, Mex­ico City and San Fran­cisco to fol­low.

But what would his cre­ator Charles M. Schulz think?

He would be thrilled, in­sist the keep­ers of the Peanuts flame who point out that the great car­toon­ist was a friend and sup­porter of street art pi­o­neer Christo, fa­mous for wrap­ping the Re­ich­stag in Ber­lin and the Pont Neuf in Paris.

The Bul­gar­ian-born su­per­star even wrapped Snoopy’s ken­nel and pre­sented it to the Schulz Mu­seum in Santa Rosa, Cal­i­for­nia.

“I think Charles Schulz would love this project,” Melissa Menta of Peanuts World­wide told AFP. “He loved artists and in one strip he has Snoopy day­dream­ing about Christo. At the end of it he re­turns to find that he has wrapped his dog­house, which Christo then did in real life.”

She said Peanuts World­wide had ex­cep­tion­ally al­lowed the seven street artists cho­sen for the Peanuts Global Artist Col­lec­tive to re­draw the beloved char­ac­ters from the fa­mously philo­soph­i­cal strip.

They in­clude the some­times con­tro­ver­sial Amer­i­can artist Rob Pruitt, who has Snoopy walk­ing a tightrope with one of his trade­mark panda fig­ures.

“I think I taught my­self how to draw by copy­ing Peanuts char­ac­ters and strips over and over, es­pe­cially the de­tails — the grass, the snow, the wob­bly lines,” Pruitt said.

Menta said Pruitt was an ob­vi­ous choice be­cause he had “Peanutised him­self years ago. He did a se­ries of tomb­stones with the Char­lie Brown stripe on them way back and he was clearly a Peanuts fan.”

She said far from be­ing afraid of what artists would come up with, “it was the best form of flat­tery to have them riff­ing on Peanuts in their form of ex­pres­sion.”

The French graf­fiti artist An­dre Saraiva — aka Mr A — has Snoopy hang­ing out with his stick fig­ures while the world’s most Zen dog skate­boards with Woodstock in the first piece to be un­veiled Satur­day on the fa­cade of the Cit­i­zen Ho­tel in Paris by US artist Nina Chanel Ab­ney.

The other artists in­volved in­clude the Amer­i­can Kenny Scharf, whose work opened shown in New York on April 16; Japan’s Tomokazu Mat­suyama; the duo Friend­sWithYou ( Samuel Bork­son and Ar­turo San­doval III); and the col­lec­tive AVAF. — AFP

A MU­RAL by US artist Nina Chanel Ab­ney set up front of the Cit­i­zen Ho­tel in Paris as the first of a se­ries of huge street art projects fea­tur­ing Snoopy and the Peanuts gang was un­veiled on April 14.

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