The Pavement Surgeon

The anonymous, magical street art of EMEMEM

EMEMEM, also known as le chirurgien des trottoirs, “the pavement surgeon,” is an anonymous French artist who fills potholes and cracked sidewalks and facades with vibrant mosaics of geometric motifs. He calls this process “flacking,” derived from the French word flaque, meaning puddle or pool.

Ememem performs this act by night; by dawn passersby might discover a bright sculpture, “a poem that everybody can read,” a “vandal act of love.” Lyon, where he is based, has some 350 of them.

Since 2016, Ememem’s pavement art has spread across the streets of Europe and also appeared in festivals, shows, and public collaborations.






See more of his work on Instagram @ememem.flacking.