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Street Paintings of Weeds Grow to Overtake the Sides and Faces of Buildings [VIDEO]

In our gardens and yards, we are constantly trying to kill those pesky weeds. But these painted weeds are a different story. Mural artist Mona Caron, while painting murals of weeds and plants on buildings, photographs the entire process and then uses the photos to create videos in which the weeds appear to actually come to life. By documenting the paintings each step of the way, Caron is able to animate the growth of her painted weeds. Caron paints her murals in San Francisco, where she currently lives, in her native Switzerland, and in other places around the world.

On her website, Caron beautifully explains why she chooses weeds as her subject:

This is a series of paintings of weeds, some of them on-site animations, created as a tribute to the resilience of all those beings who no one made room for, were not part of the plan, and yet keep coming back, pushing through and rising up.

I paint both invasive species and native wild plants. They have in common their inconspicuous way of trespassing enclosures, breaking them open, carving a path for the rest of nature to follow, in due time. Breaking seemingly invincible things, they reconnect earth to sky, life to its dreams. It’s happening everywhere at the margins of things, we’re just not paying attention.

   
 
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