The city of Lyon is well known for its gastronomy as well as its amazing murals. I recently spent the day in Lyon and took the opportunity to photograph a few murals.
The Mur des Canuts
This mural, located on the Rue des Canuts in the Croix Rousse (4th arrondissement), is the largest in Europe measuring 1200m2. It was created in 1987 and updated in 1997 to reflect the changes within the arrondissement since the creation of the mural.
The 3d is incredible – when you first look at the mural you would swear that the stairs and the buildings are real. It’s only when you approach the site and notice that the people aren’t moving that you realise it is in fact a mural.
Here is a photo taken from the side to show that it really is a mural and a few photos showing the incredible detail in this work of art.
Fresque Végétale Lumière
This mural, located on the Rue de l’Annonciade in the 1st arrondissement, is 650m2 in size and is made up of 3 paintings from Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s photographs, vegetation and lights. Here are a few photos of the paintings.
The mur des Lyonnais
This mural, located in the Rue de la Martinière near the river Saône in the 1st arrondissement, is 800m2 in size and depicts 30 famous Lyonnais throughout history. The celebrities depicted include the Emperor Claude, Paul Bocuse, Saint Exupéry and the Lumière brothers.
This mural is magnificent, painted with such incredible detail it’s difficult to tell, at first, if the windows and balconies are real or not.
Once again here’s a photo taken from the side to show that it is indeed a fresco and a few photos of different parts of the mural.
The Fresque “Hommage à Tony Tollet”
This mural, located near the mur des Lyonnais in the Rue Pareille, is dedicated to the Lyonnais painter Tony Tollet. I love the birds in this fresco – their shadows make it look like they’re really flying!
If you would like to find out more about the murals please visit the Lyon Patrimony site (only available in French unfortunately).