Mona Caron, a San Francisco-based artist, does most of her art work in the streets. Recently, 'This is Colossal' did a feature on her work which you can see here: Murals of Weeds. I absolutely love her work. I love the way that she empowers plants and gives them a place in the metropolis. Through her paintings, the most overlooked of plants are brought closer to us and in turn we are forced to consider the fact that the city is just as much as place for them as it is for us.
|Dandelion by Mona Caron|
|Mona Caron painting her Dandelion|
|Taking Root by Mona Caron|
I really love Taking Root. I love the way it glows as the sun rises (or sets - can't quite work it out). I think it's pretty cleverly thought out. This 7 story tall mural apparently features the first tiny wildflower that made it back to a barren piece of land in Union City, California, after its rehabilitation from industrial pollution. Mona worked with the new inhabitants of this specific area and they added welcoming phrases in their many native languages to the roots of the painting, so it is very much a community piece. You can see more about Taking Root on this video: