They may be tiny but they break through concrete. They are everywhere and yet unseen. And the more they get stepped on, the stronger they grow back. 

This is a series of paintings of urban weeds, created as a tribute to the resilience of all those beings who no one made room for, were not part of the plan, and yet keep coming back, pushing through and rising up.

I look for weeds in the city streets near a wall I'm about to paint. When I find a particularly heroic one growing through the pavement, I paint it big, at a scale inversely proportional to the attention and regard it gets.

I paint all kinds of spontaneous urban vegetation: both invasive and endemic species. Both get eradicated as weeds when they get caught trespassing our enclosures. Yet they come back, always at the front lines, carving a path for the rest of nature to follow. 

Weeds break through even the the hardest cement, the most seemingly invincible constraints, reconnecting earth to sky, like life to its dreams. It's happening everywhere at the margins of things, we're just not paying attention.

 

4 min video:  WEEDS - a stop-motion mural animation by mona caron, with music by Rupa & The April Fishes.  (HD recommended)

Alternatives germinate at the margins, sending fissures into the hardest things to change... Paved-over utopias, rise up like weeds!

 

The location of each weed was often chosen for its resonance with my WEEDS metaphor: places where alternatives are being created, that are making a difference, resisting the entropy of our world. 

Details about the significance of each location can be found in the galleries for each weed on this page (click on the images).

The WEEDS video also shows brief images of some of my artivism in street actions, as well as some larger pieces listed under murals on this website. 

Among the references to my art in street actions in the video are a dandelion I painted for the People’s Climate March in New York, and some real weeds on the ground recorded during the CIW farmworker’s march for rights and fair food in Florida,  and near Syntagma square in Athens during tumultuous times in Greece.

Among my larger public murals that relate to the WEEDS project, some of them also appearing in the video, are the Botanical mural, and Taking Root (see also this other 3.5 min video  titled "Taking Root").

Most recently, I painted my tallest weed to date on a 13-story building in central São Paulo, Brazil.