The movements of the moon have been observed by all cultures living on this planet since time immemorial, and is still used as a way to keep track of time and the timing of yearly festivals in various Asian, Middle Eastern and Native American cultures. The predominance of the solar-based Gregorian calendar in the modern day world means that the moon's transformational allure may hold less sway compared to ancient times, but moon-watching is still an activity that most modern-minded people and curious kids will enjoy.
Paying homage to the ever-changing moon that inhabits the skies above Earth, and to a grandmother who loved to observe the moon from her garden, French street artist Mademoiselle Maurice created this enormous mural consisting of over 15,000 hand-creased origami birds in Paris, to commemorate the hundreds of former residents who had to relocate from the building, which will soon be demolished.
Created in collaboration with Mathgoth Gallery, the mural depicts the periodic phases of the moon, hinting that what was full will wane, and what was empty will become full again, in an ever-changing cycle of transformation.
Mlle. Maurice, who studied architecture and lived and worked in Japan for some time, was inspired by the true story of Hiroshima victim Sadako and her 1,000 paper cranes to create similar artworks to remember the Fukushima disaster, and to call for world peace.
This latest massive piece, titled The Lunar Cycle, measures 140 meters (459 feet) wide and 15 meters (49 feet) high, and at 22,500 square feet large, is Paris' largest mural to date. Prior to the paper origami birds and additional spraypainted bird forms being applied, the building was painted black to make the colours pop out even more. In addition, the paper birds were coated with a weather-resistant substance, creating what the artist has dubbed "Maurigamis", to keep them fresh and longer-lasting (no word on what it was, we hope it's earth-friendly).
Like the celestial moon, our cities live in a constant state of flux. Neighbourhoods change, new buildings go up or get demolished, and the experience of living in a certain place, in a certain time, is never identical amongst the individuals who temporarily call it home. Urban art like this mural can provide a point of convergence, to remind us of something important, to offer a collective point of memory that everyone can share -- even for just one moment in time. More over at Mademoiselle Maurice.
[Via: This Is Colossal]