Talents emerging from the crowd
Some cities lead double lives. They have the intriguing aura of a split personality. You have to forage endlessly to plumb their depths and explore their hidden side. In this very ordinary stationery shop near the Grande Poste, the boyish 46-year-old offering you a choice of colors for your notebook cover turns out to be a keen fisherman, as well as a shift manager in the chemical industry. Plus he makes trees for scale models. He has fashioned as many as 70 different species, on a scale ranging from 1/50 to 1/200. The hardest one to make is the cedar. His favorites are the more elongated ones like fir or cypress. For the foliage, he cards sponge fibers, a technique, he says, from Kabylia, his grandmother’s birthplace. His name is Berzou Salah.
22, rue des Sœurs-Benslimane.