Mona Caron is a muralist who now has a series she calls “Weeds.” She has painted massive designs on walls in her native of Switzerland, her current location of San Francisco, and in other countries like Greece, Spain, and India. She also films and photographs the mural process, resulting in gorgeous animations of weeds “growing.” She says she’s inspired by the resilience of weeds.

She describes the project as “a tribute to the resilience of all those beings who no one made room for, were not part of the plan, and yet keep coming back, pushing through and rising up.” To us at TAE, this is a beautiful analogy because in general, people do not like weeds. But the way Mona paints them? They’re just as beautiful as any other plant out there.

On another website’s feature about her, Mona writes:

“’Weeds’ is the bad name given to plants found in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m reclaiming that name, as being a weed has little to do with a plant’s intrinsic value: in the streets I find invasive species as well as benign wildflowers; medicinal herbs and plants of no use to us at all. I find them beautiful regardless, and I paint them all.”

The beauty in it is that Mona paints them large-scale in 1cm increments for a reason. She looks for the weeds on the streets, like in cracks of sidewalks near where she is about to paint. She notes those and then paints them in a much larger scale slowly, as if the painted weeds are really overtaking the bare walls they climb.

Check out another animation below and the other finished products photographed after:

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Visit Mona’s website to know more about her work or view the Weeds video she made.

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