Giant Flower Mural Painted Across 5 Surfaces of a Building in San Jose

Flower Mural by Mona Caron

“Limonium,” San José Convention Center

San Francisco-based artist Mona Caron shines a light on the world of unseen plants through incredible mural art. She recently completed a large-scale painting of a flower on the facade of San Jose's convention center, covering five planes with lush, pastel-colored leaves.

Entitled Limonium after a species of California marsh rosemary, this whimsical mural appears to look like one continuous flower even from different angles. To do this, Caron superimposed a photograph of the plant onto the multi-plane building and made calculated reference points to instruct her painting. The thriving flower begins at the base of the walls, framing the door, and extends towards the roof.

This commissioned piece is part of Caron's ongoing series of botanical-inspired murals called Weeds. Its aim is to emphasize the beauty and tenacity of natural life in the face of adversity. “They may be tiny, but they break through concrete,” the artist explains on her website. “They are everywhere and yet unseen. And the more they get stepped on, the stronger they grow back.”

Caron finds inspiration for each painting of the series, including Limonium, in the “spontaneous urban vegetation” growing near the painting site. She then magnifies the plant in her murals so that it can receive more attention and appreciation. The artist says the series was “created 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.”

Scroll down to see more mural art by Caron and keep up to date with her latest creations by following her on Instagram.

San Francisco-based artist Mona Caron painted a massive mural of a flower on the facade of San Jose's convention center.

Flower Mural by Mona Caron

“Limonium,” San José Convention Center

Called Limonium, this flower mural covers 5 planes with luxuriant green-and-pink leaves.

Flower Mural by Mona Caron

“Limonium,” San José Convention Center

Flower Mural by Mona Caron

“Limonium,” San José Convention Center

Flower Mural by Mona Caron

“Limonium,” San José Convention Center

Flower Mural by Mona Caron

“Limonium,” San José Convention Center

Flower Mural by Mona Caron

“Limonium,” San José Convention Center

Flower Mural by Mona Caron

“Limonium,” San José Convention Center

Flower Mural by Mona Caron

“Limonium,” San José Convention Center

Flower Mural by Mona Caron

“Limonium,” San José Convention Center

This is part of a larger series of botanical-inspired murals, called Weeds, emphasizing the beauty of unseen plants.

“Outgrowing,” Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

“Outgrowing,” Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

“Taking Root,” Union City, California

Mona Caron Flower Mural

“Uma planta no Minhocão,” São Paulo, Brazil

Mona Caron Flower Mural

“Cohosh,” Brooklyn, New York City

Mona Caron: Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Mona Caron.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.

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