Mud Mural Shows Off the Beauty of Natural Art Materials

The land upon which this classroom sits has been lovingly incorporated into a mural entitled 'Sprouting life in the forest-fatherly tree, motherly mountain' by Yusuke Asai. The Japanese artist has covered the walls and ceiling of the primary school class in Maharashtra with fantastical swirling imagery using water and soil from the surrounding site. 

Created for the 2014 edition of the Wall Art Festival in India, the mural stands out against a bright blue sky-like backdrop and includes animals and people interspersed with abstract elements. 50 local and international volunteers joined in on the effort.

The students got to watch the artists work as part of their study, encouraging creative expression and cross-cultural exchange between India and Japan. The kids left their own mark in the form of mud hand-prints that were turned into birds by the artists.

It's a stunning example of how natural art materials can be used on a large scale, harkening back to the Stone Age when Neanderthals made their marks upon the walls of their cave dwellings. See lots more natural art, from images sculpted out of real leaves to massive land-based environmental installations.

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