Rendered at a scale of 25,000 square metres, French street art duo Ella & Pitr have completed their newest mural in Paris using the immense urban space as a canvas to produce the largest mural in the world.
Ella & Pitr are known to make use of immense areas of urban space as a canvas for their work and have held the record for painting the largest mural in the world since 2015 with the 21,000 square-metre work in Norway, Lilith and Olaf. The latest mural, filling the rooftop of the Parc Expo in Paris, is entitled in French Quel Temps Fera-t-il Demain? meaning What Will the Weather be Tomorrow?. The name serves as a symbolic reminder of the central question for the next generation.
While the work of Ella & Pitr often depicts cramped, dreaming figures, the newest work at the Parc Expo in Paris renders an old woman gazing sleepily at cars passing by along the adjacent Boulevard Périphérique. Subtly harkening to the central message of the work, a plastic bag is shown to float above the head of the drowsy figure.
The team gained access to the rooftop of the Paris Convention Centre through contact with Art en Ville, an association that works to link urban artists with various building owners and managers to make use of the unused wall space throughout the city as a medium for street art.
When initially selecting a site, Ella & Pitr intended for the mural to be more discreet than the typical urban art that boldy fills the walls of Paris. Spanning the flat rooftop of a peripheral convention centre in an obscured location on the outskirts of the city, What Will the Weather be Tomorrow? is difficult to view in its totality and is most likely to be discovered if the viewer intentionally seeks it out. With this, the team suggests a critique of the often brazen and vacuous nature contemporary street art.
The mural, painted with spray cans filled with diluted acrylic, took eight days to complete.
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