okuda san miguel paints colorful characters on abandoned church in morocco
okuda san miguel paints colorful characters on abandoned church in morocco
mar 11, 2016

okuda san miguel paints colorful characters on abandoned church in morocco

okuda san miguel paints colorful characters on abandoned church in morocco
all images courtesy of ink and movement gallery, madrid




following his recent intervention in spain — where he realized a monumental mural within a converted church-turned-skate parkokuda san miguel has completed a new project in youssoufia, morocco. on the façade of an abandoned church, the spanish artist has painted ’11 mirages to the freedom’, a fresco which wraps the building’s exterior on all sides. 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. 

the spanish artist has completed ’11 mirages to the freedom’ in the moroccan town of youssoufia




in keeping with his signature aesthetic, okuda san miguel has painted the abstract figures using a palette of highly saturated hues. colored triangles form the faces of animals, birds, and headless humans, placed on a backdrop of bright yellow, red, green and blue. 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. the project has been realized as part of the british council‘s street art caravane initiative taking place throughout morocco. 

the colorful mural wraps the façade of a formerly abandoned church

the fresco wraps the building’s exterior on all sides

a bear on the left and a lion on the right surround the original wooden door

above the door, a large bird with rainbow colored wings flies toward the sky

11 faces have been vibrantly illustrated on the surface of the structure

the painted figures interact with the architecture of the site 

barred windows become the heads of faceless human figures 

the window is transformed into a small bird cage placed atop the figure’s head 

colorful triangles form the abstract face of an animal 

the mural in morocoo maintains the key elements of the artist’s signature aesthetic 

the back of the church features both figures and painted geometries 

visitors and passersby are encouraged to view the once neglected site as a living canvas




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