African Design Magazine April 2016 - Page 55

African project Art in Morocco Visitors and passersby are encouraged to view the once neglected site as a living canvas that changes throughout the day as light passes across it. F ollowing his recent intervention in Spain — where he realized a monumental mural within a converted church-turned-skate park — Okuda San Miguel (above), has completed a new project in Youssoufia, Morocco. On the façade of an abandoned church, the Spanish artist has painted “11 mirages to the freedom”, a fresco which wraps the building’s exterior on all sides. 11 faces have been vibrantly illustrated on the surface of the structure, each interacting with the architecture of the site. Window frames become crowns placed atop the characters’ heads, and bars are turned into cages for small birds in flight. In keeping with his signature aesthetic, Okuda San Miguel has painted the abstract figures using a palette of highly saturated hues. Coloured triangles form the faces of animals, birds, and headless humans, placed on a backdrop of bright yellow, red, green and blue. On the front of the church, a bear on the left and a lion on the right surround the original woo [