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“On the Horizon” by ONUR, Li-Hill, and James Bullough in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

September 22, 2021
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“On the Horizon” is a set of collaborative murals painted by three artists, ONUR, Li-hill, James Bullough in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France The murals are separated by a road that divides them. Although painted on two separate walls this is actually meant to be seen as one piece.

When standing in the center of the road the viewer can throw their view beyond the murals and actually bring them together into one mural with their eyes. This animation shows what happens when you are able to combine the two murals into one.

The artists wanted to create something the viewer had to participate in and that spoke directly to the settling of Bolougne-ser-Mer. Known as a major fishing port, the city’s past and future are intertwined with the sea.

The images we chose embody a concept of time. A fisherman throws their net into a desolate dried-out landscape becomes a vision of a not-so-distant future. On the second wall, the sun beams over a shoal of fish showing the relatively stable period the earth’s ecosystems have had. The viewer finds themselves on the road caught between these two possibilities and a horizon line connecting these two paths. By combining the walls with thier eyes, one can glimpse a way forward in our current ecological crisis that is potentially harmonious with our surroundings.

When mural was created for the latest edition of Street Art – Boulogne-sur-Mer. Check out below for more photos of “On the Horizon”

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