Street art has the power to infuse communities — literally — with beauty and color, but it’s not often a mural boasts an intrinsic connection to the block it inhabits. Dutch artist Munir de Vries recently completed a towering, Fauvism-inspired mural based on ideas generated by people living in the area, and the resulting piece is at once an educational experience for its creator, as well as a community-building initiative in the Dutch city of Utrecht.
In a video documenting his process, de Vries shares his process behind the mural, titled Gemeente Utrecht. “There’s a group initiative in the neighborhood. Together we came up with the thought to provide a stage based on ideas from the neighborhood by painting a mural. Then I went around the neighborhood to meet people and gather ideas. Based on the ideas, I’ve created a design, and now I’m [painting] it on a wall.”
Watch the full video, from the mural’s planning stages to final execution, below: