Artist Mona Caron Creates Gigantic 20-Story Flower Mural On Side Of Building In Jersey City
Bright and colorful city lights bring the concrete jungle to life at night. But when morning comes and these lights are turned off, the city is back again to being a bland metropolis. San Francisco-based artist Mona Caron lends the color and glamor of nature to the city with her floral street art. Apparently, the natural beauty of flowers is what the urban environment is lacking. This is why Caron creates monumental murals of wildflowers to transform concrete buildings into stunning artworks.
Caron has created many breathtaking floral murals that have beautified various cities around the world. You can find her botanical street art in her hometown San Francisco, Brooklyn, Portland, and other cities in the US. She has also completed plenty of projects in cities outside US such as Bellinzona (Switzerland), Vigo (Spain), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Versailles (France), Goteborg (Sweden), Namur (Belgium), and many more. But her biggest project came in July 2021 when she was commissioned by the Jersey City Mural Arts Program to make a mural on a towering 20-story building in Jersey City.
Mesmerizing Floral Street Art Adorns The Jersey City Skyline
Caron has a rule of thumb in her floral street art. Although blooming plant life is the general subject in her works, she makes sure to choose the particular type of flower that has a significant connection with the place. For the Jersey City piece, she had chosen the Joe-Pye weed as the subject.
These purple wildflowers are native to the coastal areas in the eastern US which include New Jersey. On one side of the tall building, she painted the gigantic flower against a black background to further emphasize the colors and details of the flower, leaves, and stem.
She completed the massive mural in November 2021 and the lovely wildflower now overlooks the bustling city in all its grandeur. The street artist calls the piece Shauquethqueat’s Eutrochium which was coined from the name of a Native American healer Shauquethqueat who introduced the healing benefits of this plant.
“Shauquethqueat’s Eutrochium. A so-called Joe Pye weed, (not a weed but a native wildflower here), rises with the sun, facing off the skyline across the Hudson. A vision of Nature winning, of plants being the ones towering over us for a change, putting us back in our place. May we learn. May they come back.”, she wrote on her Instagram post.