Lyon – The City of Huge Paintings

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Lyon – The City of Huge Paintings
Lyon – The City of Huge Paintings

France is known as the wonderful and romantic country in the world. Therefore, when visiting the country, tourists will have a chance to admire the amazing destination, Lyon is one of them which attracted tourist by special thing- huge paintings. The city of southeastern France has more than 150 mural paintings, of which the largest and most famous is the Mur des Canuts, which is larger than 1,200 m².

Over the past 40 years, a group of murals artists in Lyon have turned the city into an outdoor art gallery. Giant mural paintings are painted in the Trompe-l’œil style (visual deception technique) on many walls of large buildings including historical paintings, celebrities or everyday life symbols. Lyon now owns more than 150 mural paintings. This transformation of Lyon began around the early 1970s, when a group of students decided to bring art from galleries and museums to the street, in the middle of normal life. In 1978, the CiteCreation art student organization was born. Furthermore, according to Halim Bensaid, an international mural artist, Lyon was a dark and gloomy city when they first started. “It was only famous for the name Paul Bocuse and the tunnel Fourvière.

Lyon – The City of Huge Paintings
Lyon – The City of Huge Paintings

It’s a dull place, with the look of an industrial and polluted city” Luckily for them, the new mayor of the city was Michel Noir, too. The Mayor of Noir decided to brighten up the city by launching a number of sanitation and rejuvenation programs for the ancient buildings and buildings of Lyon. He contacted the mural artists. One of the most famous plans of the team is the 1,200 m2 picture “Mur des Canuts” is located in the Croix-Rousse district. The picture depicts a large staircase in the middle with buildings on both sides and far away. At the bottom are some shops and a bank. Another notable mural is “La Fresque des Lyonnais”. Painting draws 30 of Lyon’s past and present celebrities such as Emperor Claudius, filmmaker Lumière, inventor Joseph-Marie Jacquard, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry writer.

Lyon – The City of Huge Paintings
Lyon – The City of Huge Paintings

Furthermore, in order to compose such large-scale paintings, artists had to divide the work into small square pieces. Each part is planned to collate on the original wall, mark it again, and start drawing steps. Completing a large mural can take 2 to 9 months. Interestingly, 80% of CiteCreation’s members are female. CiteCreation has completed more than 650 murals around the world, from Canada in the Americas to China in Asia. Part of the mural painting is paid by the donors, they are the agencies, and businesses have the logo on the picture.

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