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Mantra’s Trompe L’oeil Murals Transform Buildings Into Larger-than-life Butterfly Display Cases

Youri Cansell aka Mantra is a consummate artist and naturalist. While equally adept at painting humans as animals, Mantra is especially fascinated by entomology, the world of insects. Mining memories of his childhood garden in France, he now paints exquisite murals, often of moths and butterflies, on urban surfaces where these ephemeral beings are seldom seen in the wild.

The multitude of butterflies depicted have become almost extinct in recent decades, a phenomenon directly connected to increased pollution and climate change.

You can follow all of the artist’s entomological murals on Instagram

Torino, Italy

Enormous Butterflies

Rombas, France

mantra's trompe

Cancún, Mexico. Image by Gino Caballero

mantra's trompe

Silkeborg, Denmark

Enormous Butterflies

Las Vegas, Nevada

Enormous Butterflies

Dijon, France

Jacksonville, Florida

Brooklyn, New York

Dallas, Texas. Image by Chop’ em Down

Enormous Butterflies

Overum, Sweden

Enormous Butterflies

Indianapolis, Indiana

Torino, Italy