A large mural may be seen on a 115-foot water tank in Gien, located on the banks of the Loire river in the lovely city of France. Against the dull-looking little buildings surrounding it, the majestic tower painted in a beautiful pastel hue shines out. Taquen, a Spanish artist, created this artwork.
Taquen painted local birds such as ospreys, common terns, and gray herons along the Loire in one of the three water tanks in the region.
The artist’s second collaboration with the Urban Art Agency. According to him, this new project was distinct from his previous ones in that it presented him with more difficulties and an opportunity he had never anticipated. The most challenging issue was the changing weather. “The flatlands of the Loire Valley make the weather completely unpredictable,” Taquen writes on his website, “and after 12 days of rain, wind, cold, heat, and sun, we managed to accomplish this wonderful job.” I’m thankful to Mathieu, Seb, Pepe, and everyone else who helped make it happen and collaborated with me along the way.”
The procedure of painting the massive tank was fraught with difficulties.
Taquen has been making art for a long time, but he has just been doing it professionally for three years. “I began painting graffiti in high school when I was 13, then I studied fine arts in Madrid, Spain,” he told DeMilked. I honestly don’t remember when it all began for me. I’ve just been able to devote myself professionally since 2018, but I’m sure my goal was the same long before that.”
“The piece speaks about unending movement, water cycles, and the significance of water for life,” the artist said, “which is why I used birds that live along the banks of the Loire, a river that runs through Gien, France.”
“On the one hand, there was the challenge and the desire to paint such a big structure; it was a fantastic opportunity,” Taquen remarked when asked what motivated him to paint the water tank. On the other side, to work for and with Urban Art Agency once again, who had previously put their faith in me a year ago.”
Taquen is a bird enthusiast. They may be seen in a lot of his other street paintings.
“For me, they are unique creatures, which allow me to talk symbolically about problems linked to human beings, particularly mobility, migration, and freedom,” he said when we asked why he selected birds for his murals. It’s also a method to promote awareness and talk about nature directly.”
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