Painted And Paper Birds Make A Beautiful, Rainbow-Hued Mural In Paris

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

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!

[H/T: Contemporist]

At 49 by 459 feet, Lunar Cycles by street artist Mademoiselle Maurice, in partnership with Galerie Mathgoth, is the largest urban mural ever completed in Paris.

It’s beautifully designed and brightly colored, but it’s not your average mural.

And that’s because it’s not simply painted on the wall.

Maurice attached folded paper birds to the wall, combined with painted birds to give the mural a sense of depth.

The first step in decorating the building was painting the whole thing black to make the colors really stand out. No easy task when you consider the size of the building.

In all, it took some 500 liters of paint to cover the building.

After the paint was dry, Maurice installed this single turquoise circle, which would turn into the full moon phase of the lunar cycle.


In all, the whole mural took three weeks to install, which is pretty fast when you consider all those little components!

The mural depicts the phases of the moon, all while looking like a huge flock of rainbow birds or moths decided to land on the building.

The design is at once both ancient-looking and very modern.

Other accents, like these stripes, were added to the narrower side of the building.

Maurice collaborated with Mathgoth Galerie on this project. The gallery has shown a lot of her projects in the past, many of which also use bright, folded paper to create striking images.

The mural will be taken down in August of this year, but so far it’s been quite popular!

And as an added bonus, the warm black surface of the building also attracts some very tiny art lovers!

You can see more of Maurice’s work on her website, as well as on Facebook and Instagram.

And be sure to SHARE this unique take on public art with your friends!