These larger-than-life plant murals bring buildings back to nature – and they’re popping up all over the world. Muralist Mona Caron creates these intricate artworks by selecting plants native to each city and teaming up with local and international organizations to bring them to life, while also bringing a variety of social and environmental causes to public attention.

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The San Francisco-based artist selects plants that she finds in each city where she paints and uses them as symbolic references to local history and social issues. Her work both celebrates nature and examines current issues. She describes her Weeds series 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.

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“Weeds break through even the hardest cement, the most seemingly invincible constraints, reconnecting earth to sky, like life to its dreams,” Caron explains. “It’s happening everywhere at the margins of things, we’re just not paying attention.”

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Weeds murals, Mona Caron, murals, public art, green art, San Francisco, artworks, urban art, green design, environmental art

Weeds murals, Mona Caron, murals, public art, green art, San Francisco, artworks, urban art, green design, environmental art

Weeds murals, Mona Caron, murals, public art, green art, San Francisco, artworks, urban art, green design, environmental art

Weeds murals, Mona Caron, murals, public art, green art, San Francisco, artworks, urban art, green design, environmental art