Berlin’s grand design
A French design company has taken street art to the extreme with a huge canvas that is vying to be the biggest in the world.
Artists from Lyon-based CitéCréation have painted the Wohngenossenschaft Soldaritaet Coop apartments in the Friedrichsfelde district of Berlin with a remarkably life-like canvas.
The trompe-l'oeil, or urban design, features trees, animals and people and was inspired by a nearby zoo.
Covering 22,000 square metres of wall, the company is hoping to nab the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest mural.
The five-kilometre Pueblo Levee Project in Pueblo, Colorado currently holds the title.
Unlike the carefully-planned Berlin wall, the levee's concrete walls were first painted by students in the 1970s. Since then, more than 1,000 painters have left their mark.
CitéCréation began back in the '70s too, and has created over 580 giant frescos in cities including Barcelona, Mexico City, Jerusalem, Moscow and Shanghai.
Certainly adds some colour to the neighbourhood!
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Published in Australian Times. Copyright Lara Brunt. Photo: Glen Pearson.
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