Four Medicinal Plants ‘Rewild’ Mumbai in a New Mural Series by Mona Caron — Colossal

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#Mona Caron
#murals
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#street art

July 14, 2023

Grace Ebert

Four green plants with blue, yellow, and pink flowers tower over Mumbai with a road in the foreground

All images courtesy of Pranav Gohil and St+art India Foundation, shared with permission

Four hardy plants soar toward the Mumbai skyline in a new series of murals by Swiss artist Mona Caron (previously). Known for her stunning portrayals of weeds and botanicals thought of as ugly or undesirable, Caron celebrates the resilient specimens native to India that are often found poking through the concrete and along dusty roadsides.

Taking its title from the name of the vegetation, Kurdu, Takla, Chhota Kalpa, Kantakari brings together four medicinal plants that burst through the urban environment despite the harsh conditions. “Unflinching, Kurdu won’t even bother to pick a sheltered spot. No matter how destroyed the terrain, right in everyone’s way, like a cow ambling across a busy Mumbai street, it gently floats the sacred into the midst of our daily chaos, mostly skirted unnoticed,” Caron shares.

The works celebrate this strength and determination and advocate for recognizing their worth. “It takes closeness to the earth to harvest its blessings; it takes traditional knowledge to know the best way to. Let’s honor this wisdom which persists at the grassroots of this bursting metropolis, against all pressures to uproot,” she says.

These murals were created as part of this year’s Mumbai Urban Art Festival organized by St+art India Foundation. Find more from Caron on her site and Instagram.

 

The top of two murals show a thorny weed with purple flowers and berries on the left and a plant with green leaves and blue flower on the right

A close up of green leaves and pink flowers

Four green plants with blue, yellow, and pink flowers tower over Mumbai with a road in the foreground

A close-up of a thorny stem and leaf

Four green plants with blue, yellow, and pink flowers tower over Mumbai with a road in the foreground

Green leaves and yellow flowers spring from a mural surrounded by real foliage

A close up of two plant murals on a building

#Mona Caron
#murals
#plants
#public art
#street art

 

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