September 28th, 2011
05:20 AM GMT
(CNN) – As fears of a euro meltdown continue apace, a guerrilla war of Post-it note art has broken out in office spaces across corporate Paris.
The first shot was fired four months ago, when employees at French computer gaming company Ubisoft – maker of the popular "Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell" and "Ghost Recon" game series – put up a Post-it note image from the 1980s classic “Space Invaders” on the window.
“We stuck Space Invader character on our window and the day after, BNP (Paribas), which is the largest bank in France, just across the way, they drew a Pac-Man,” Fabrice Cambonet of Ubisoft told CNN.
La guerre des Post-it (the Post-it wars) was on.
Collages swept across office spaces in the business district of La Défense and companies in the Issy-les-Moulineaux area of the French capital. The art ranges from simple representations of Tweety Bird or Bart Simpson, to seven-story high illustrations that use thousands of Post-it notes and complex, computer-designed plans.
The "war" is being chronicled with pictures of the latest salvos at postitwar.com.
Which brings up a sticky question: how does management feel about employees using time and energy on elaborate projects like these?
“It's all positive basically because you get people from all around the company, people who don't know each other and get to know each other over the course of a few days,” Ubisoft told CNN’s Jim Bittermann. “It's really good team building.”
Not all companies share that view. Management at a bank involved in the first skirmishes has now forbidden block note window clutter, no matter how artistic.
But a French sociologist sees it as a cry for connection, even in the era of Facebook, Twitter and other instantaneous communication.
“They desperately try to communicate with people surrounding them, whatever means that can be used to communicate,” Francois Dupuy told CNN. “And here in this case, it is impossible to communicate directly with your voice, because it's even impossible to open the windows – which means you can find something, Post-its, just to create some communication with the people surrounding you.”
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