Largest Mural in Paris
Mademoiselle Maurice recently completed the largest mural to appear in the streets of Paris, titled Lunar Cycles. Measuring 2,00 square meters, Mademoiselle Maurice’s newest, and incredibly impressive, project is located in the 13th arrondissement of the French capital. Incorporating a meditative, multi-colored design, as well as the origami birds for which she is known, the mural promotes themes of harmony and peace. The color black dominates the large-scale mural, birds of many colors adorn the daunting wall. The mural was made possible for the artist through a collaboration with Mathgoth Gallery, and after three weeks, 500 liters of black paint, and 15,000 origami shapes, Mademoise Maurice completed the record-breaking work of public art.
The murals reflects upon the cycles of the moon, exploring the change and movement of life. At the end of the year, the building will be demolished, and a new housing structure will be built in its place. The mural highlights the ephemeral nature of the world, embracing the fact that nothing is permanent. The artist recognized that the demolition of the building is causing stresses and trauma for many of the current residents and hoped the mural would serve as a source of comfort. The mural also acts as a tribute to the artist’s grandmother, who avidly watched the moon cycles for her garden and vegetable growing.
Mademoiselle Maurice utilized several techniques in the creation of the birds, including a traditional origami and stenciling method. Prior to painting the mural Mademoiselle Maurice folded the 15,000 paper origami birds with the help of a few friends.Originally not intending to paint any of the origami, intense rains during the mural creation destroyed hundreds of paper birds. Mademoiselle Maurice decided to paint the origami birds to make them more resilient, calling her new technique “maurigami.”
Mademoiselle Maurice: À Propos
Mademoiselle Maurice was born and raised in the Savoy mountains of France and studied architecture in Lyon. Soon after school, the artist spent a year living in Japan, which would greatly influence her artistic style. With a mixed-media practice, origami, lace, and thread are frequently utilized to create complex designs. Currently living and working in Paris, Mademoiselle Maurice has a urban and fine art practice.
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