If you happen to be traveling by plane over the Norwegian countryside or maybe spying aerial perspectives of the region by drone you’ll be able to take in a bird’s-eye view of one of the world’s largest murals. It’s visible from planes flying into and out of the nearby Sola airport. The work comes courtesy of French artists Ella & Pitr, along with an army of volunteers who are helping them to bring to life their giant art. The artists often tackle politics and social issues with their murals, such as the global refugee crisis, neglected societal groups – elderly and homeless, but they also paint lighthearted, fun pieces. Some of those are large murals of sleeping characters, we have in our gallery below. Their bodies are contoured into the confines of rooftops, geometrical lots, and building facades. Scroll down and take a look but don’t forget to visit Ella & Pitr’s Instagram Page as well as their website for more giant street art.
The choice to create a large-scale work in an out-of-the-way location was a conscious decision to remain discreet, as well.
“Nowadays, you can find so many murals, paintings, on very huge walls full of color,” Pitr says.
“For us, it’s more interesting to stay on the roof, so no one can see it. And if you really want to see it, then you have to look for it.”
Ella and Pitr have created other large-scale works in France, Portugal, Chile, Canada and elsewhere since they met in the French city of Saint-Etienne in 2007.
One of the new murals covers a surface equivalent to four football fields. It breaks the artists’ own record, set with a mural in Norway in 2015.
Best viewed from above, the murals often feature stripes and the limited color palette of the French flag: red, white, and blue.
Their characters are not fashionable, but they’re the sorts of people that everybody knows: older people, neighbours, family members.
Covering 2.5 hectares, the image of an old woman intersected by the ring road around the French capital can be fully viewed only from the sky. Using acrylic paints diluted and loaded into spray cans, the artists completed the mural over eight days in June. This includes time spent waiting for rain to dry.