Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel has completed a new project,  11 Mirages To The Freedom, in Youssoufia, Morocco. On the façade of an abandoned church, the artist has painted the fresco which wraps the building’s exterior on all sides.

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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.

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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.

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On the front of the church, a bear on the left and a lion on the right surround the original wooden door, while above, a large bird with rainbow colored wings flies toward the sky. Scattered across the entryway are a sequence of a symbols and motifs, such as three-dimensional stars, trees and Moroccan architectural ornamentation. 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.

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The project has been realized as part of The British Council street art caravane initiative taking place throughout Morocco.

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