Italian street artist MP5 recently completed a beautiful monochromatic mural that's both visually bold and cleverly plays with the surrounding landscape. Entitled Root Of Evil, it's located in Abruzzo, Italy where it was painted during the Visione Periferica Street Art Festival. The eye-catching piece features a woman, sitting, as she opens a box and lets crows fly free.
MP5 has used only black and white paint to craft the image and drawn thick outlines that contour the subject's body for a striking effect. While the mural primarily occupies the side of a home, it extends beyond the walls to flow onto the sidewalk and even reach surrounding buildings. This gives the illusion that from certain angles the small birds are flying away.
Root Of Evil was inspired by the legend of Pandora's box, in which a woman named Pandora curiously opens a locked box. Unfortunately, by doing so, she releases all the evils of humanity like plagues and diseases. We see a similar theme in MP5's mural where the building's window is used as a “box,” and the artist has skillfully made a crow look as if it's emerging from the package.