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Copenhagen's Gigantic New Mural Works Like a Flip-Book

This new mural in Copenhagen is best enjoyed from the vantage of a public bus, lest you lose sight of the road while driving and plow right into a Fiat Scudo full of kransekage.

The eye-tricking artwork, called "In/between," is the "longest piece of street art in the world executed by a single artist," according to the creative group that helped commission it, Artrebels. Spanish mural maker Hyuro was responsible for planning and painting the wall – it's just the latest in her series of gray-scale dreamscapes that she's splashed onto public spaces in Mexico, Norway, Atlanta, Georgia, and elsewhere.

Hyuro got the Denmark gig after beating 139 other artists in an international competition to decorate a nearly 900-foot wall in Copenhagen. Her idea: Make a series of similar panels that to motorists and their passengers (or really, really fast joggers) look like a flip book-style animation. The plot of "In/between" is simple: A deer runs through the forest, while its body switches in tone from black to white to somewhere in between. It's not the most punch-you-in-the-brain-with-meaning kind of artwork, but it carries a nice, zenlike vibe that might cool down a couple of road-rage berserkers.

Had "In/between" not won the competition, the wall might have been decorated with this heady pattern by Brazil's "Tec":

Or this childlike scribble from Greece's Lef Kiort:


(Artrebels)

While interesting in their own ways, these murals perhaps don't carry the interactive pull that should make Hyuro's piece worth repeat viewings through a speeding window. If the idea of public flip-booking sounds familiar, maybe you've already seen a similar work in New York's subway system by Bill Brand, titled "Masstransiscope":

John Metcalfe is a staff writer at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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