Mona Caron, a San Francisco-based artist, uses stunning mural art to bring attention to the world of hidden flora. She just finished a large-scale painting of a flower on the front of San Jose’s convention center, which had luscious, pastel-colored leaves across five planes.
This fanciful artwork, named Limonium after a species of California marsh rosemary, appears to be one continuous bloom from all perspectives. Caron accomplished this by superimposing an image of the plant onto the multi-plane structure and using computed reference points to guide her painting. The flourishing flower starts at the base of the walls, frames the door, and grows all the way to the ceiling.
Caron’s continuing Weeds series of botanical-inspired murals includes this commissioned painting. Its goal is to highlight the natural world’s beauty and persistence in the face of hardship. On her website, the artist adds, “They may be little, yet they tear through concrete.” “They are ubiquitous, yet they go unnoticed.” And the more they’re walked on, the more resilient they get.”
The “spontaneous urban greenery” growing around the painting spot provides Caron with inspiration for each work in the series, including Limonium. She then enlarges the plant in her murals to give it more prominence and admiration. “Created as a homage to the resilience of all those beings that no one made place for, who were not part of the plan, and who keep coming back, pushing through, and rising up,” the artist says of the series.
Caron’s mural work can be found further down the page, and you can keep up with her current projects by following her on Instagram.
Mona Caron, a San Francisco-based artist, created a large mural of a flower on the convention center’s front.
Limonium is a floral mural with lush green and pink leaves that covers five planes.
This painting is part of a bigger Weeds series of botanical-inspired murals that highlight the beauty of hidden flora.