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Famous Painting Recreated as a Large Mural on a Boat’s Roof

We might be used to seeing murals on walls or even shipping containers, but not so much on a boat. Spanish street artist Borondo recently had the opportunity to apply his signature style to a vessel traveling along the River Lee in East London. He created it in collaboration with Carmen Man, and the work showcases an unexpected place for a large-scale painting that you can only see it if you're looking down at the boat.

The artists adorned the roof with their interpretation of the iconic painting entitled Ophelia by John Everett Millais. It features a woman laying face up in a shallow creek while holding flowers. In Borondo and Man's new version, gestural brush strokes were applied to a figure in a similar pose. Their approach differs, however, and the woman has a red cloth over her eyes and interlocking hands. She's surrounded by green flora and is still on the water – this time, though, it's real. This creative decision establishes a clever connection to its predecessor.

Borondo blog
via [Street Art News]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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