Applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface, murals are hard to miss. Even just driving around any major city, you are bound to spot one. Murals have been around for a very, very long time. As far back as 30,000 BC!
A lot of work goes into creating a moral due to the size, cost, and work involved. Found in both public and private spaces, aside from jazzing up a space, they can also be an effective tool to attract public attention to a social issue.
Murals have a dramatic impact when added to a space. In fact, in order to create tourist attractions, many small towns have started using murals to gain traffic.
Here are seven awesome murals for your viewing pleasure:
1. Diego Rivera’s mural depicting Mexico’s history at the National Palace in Mexico City:
Part of the Mexican mural movement in the 1930s, and one of the most influential, Rivera was commissioned to create this mural as a social and political tool. This specific mural focuses on the history of Mexico – more specifically the Mexican Revolution – and is seen as “idealistic”. Rivera was in Europe during the Revolution and did not fight so he could not depict the horrors of the war but what he perceived as the social benefits from it.
2. Women are Heroes by JR
In hopes of capturing the story of the women shown in the photographs, French photographer JR went to one of Rio de Janerio’s most violent neighborhoods to take pictures of women related to victims of violent clashes between police and drug traffickers. He placed the photographs on the homes in the area as part of his global project, “Women Are Heroes”. He has also brought the project to other countries around the world.
3. Guernica by Pablo Picasso
Guernica was commissioned by the Spanish Republican government in January 1937. Filled with suffering people and animals, violence, and chaos, Guernica is said to be the most powerful anti-war paintings in history. The Spanish Republican government asked Picasso to create a mural for the Spanish to display at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris. Picasso abandoned his original project for the fair after he read George Steers eyewitness account of the bombing of Guernica.
4. The Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michaelangelo
One of the most, if not the most, famous murals in the world. Commissioned by Pope Julius II, the Sistine Chapel ceiling was created by Michaelangelo between 1508 and 1512. Primarily a sculptor, Michaelangelo was hesitant to take on the work. It is said that he designed his own scaffold to reach the chapel’s ceiling and painted in a standing position with his head tilted upwards.
5. We The Youth by Keith Haring
Created in 1987 in Philadelphia, Haring collaborated with CityKids of New York and Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. Haring was an iconic pop artist who created many murals in public spaces.
6. The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Eduardo Kobra
This mural was completed in September of 2015 in downtown Minneapolis. Managed by the Hennepin Theatre Trust, Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra and his team created this five-story high mural of Minnesota native, Bob Dylan.
7. Paper Covers Rock by Case Maclaim and Pixel Pancho
Completed in 2014 in New York City, artists Case Maclaim and Pixel Pancho collaborated to create this incredible mural. Case Maclaim is an artist whose work deals with realistic anatomy and Pixel Pancho is an artist whose work consists of mainly robots and machinery. These two combined their styles and came up with this design.