When most people create street art, they use paints capable of withstanding the elements. After all, street art is meant to be outside, seen by all, but that means it also bears the brunt of the sun, rain, and wind. And not to mention the people touching it!
But that’s OK for French urban artist Mademoiselle Maurice, who creates brightly colored, large-scale murals using comparatively delicate materials like paper.
Her work involves covering buildings, landmarks, and lawns with carefully folded origami creatures to create a 3D take on the mural.
Origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, is enjoyed by people around the world. You can make classics like cranes and frogs, or you can put a modern spin on things like one crafter did by making paper versions of her favorite Pixar characters.
Mademoiselle Maurice, however, is taking things to the next level.
She recently completed Lunar Cycles, the largest mural ever made in Paris, measuring 49 feet high and 459 feet long (that’s 15 by 140 meters), on the side of a large building.
She used a combination of hundreds of origami birds as well as painted birds on the wall, so it looks as though a huge flock of rainbow-hued birds have settled on the building’s brick walls. She also arranged them in the shape of the various phases of the moon.
Check it out below, and see a mural like you’ve never seen before!