Stunning Multi-Colored Murals Inspired By The Beauty Of Pigeon Feathers
Artistic inspiration often comes from magnificent and flamboyant things. But LA-based artist Adele Renault found her inspiration from an unexpected source. Her renowned series of feather murals wasn’t inspired by the spellbinding plumage of a peacock or other birds with fabulous feathers. Gutter Paradise, as her artwork series is called, was inspired by pigeon feathers she found scattered on the floor of a warehouse.
You may think that these stout-bodied birds don’t offer much beauty and glamor like other majestic birds. Besides, they are often referred to as ‘nuisance birds’ or ‘rats with wings’ that usually nest in gutters. Plus, the perception of them as carrier of diseases all contribute to the misguided hatred for feral pigeons. But for Renault, these ordinary-looking birds also possess a hidden beauty that is often overlooked due to these misconceptions. Her series of feather murals aims to showcase the underappreciated charm of pigeons featuring beautifully mesmerizing colors inspired by the iridescent feathers around their necks.
Feather Murals Inspired By The Iridescent Plumage Of Pigeons
Large-scale feather murals adorning building facades in LA and other parts of the world, each canvas features unique painting that zoom in on the pigeon’s neck, showing an artwork in almost abstract patterns. Each piece exhibits a zoomed in detail of the iridescent feathers, with a display of colors producing a rainbow effect using different colors, textured lines and shadows. She uses oil and spray paint to dress up buildings, walls, and even a factory duct, with bedazzling feather murals.
Born in Ardennes, Belgium, Renault was raised in a family of musicians. But she has always been more interested in painting than in music. She started her Gutter Paradise series in 2016 by using spray paint on polyester which then grew into a greater scale through the years.