Mona lisa by Romain, Gilles, Geoffrey and Jérémy
The New Mona Lisa is a street-art work painted by Okuda in the thirteenth district of Paris in June 2017 on a building located in the Chinese district. Okuda is a famous Spanish street artist.
First of all, this mural is impressive because of its size. This work is 50 meters high and 15 meters wide. This monumental project lasted a year but it was drawn in four days. It is in the middle of dull towers so the painting illuminates the grey surrounding. The artwork gives colors and cheerfulness to the city.
The mural represents a futuristic vision of a modern and multicultural Mona Lisa. The woman is painted as a whole so we can see her entire body. She is huge, she looks like a goddess and her head is surrounded by stars. The artwork is very bright and the woman is made of geometric shapes. She is wearing soft and colorful clothes. She has the same position and enigmatic look as da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. A little bird is standing on her shoulder and she is carrying a luxury handbag. In the background we can see a landscape with some trees and tents. The woman is standing in puddles of fresh paint.
Okuda may want to celebrate French culture. The City of Paris and the Mona Lisa are closely linked. Moreover the bag must represent luxury and fashion and may show that Paris is the capital of elegance. Okuda may also celebrate the multicultural background and the diversity of the population of Paris. The multi-cultural-skinned woman is illustrated by different types of colorful fabric from dots and stripes. The American flag and the African zebra hair could represent different parts of the world.
We appreciate this mural because of the brightness it gives to the neighborhood. It expresses joy and energy. We find it beautiful and vivid.
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