Innovative owl fresco in Veszprém

Date: 2023.03.17
A gigantic fresco of a family of long-eared owls complete with lights was created in Veszprém, thanks to the collaboration between the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture programme and the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design.

The City of Light course, led by Ábel Szalontai and supported by teacher of the MOME Media Institute Kristóf Forgács, was held back in 2020, allowing students to design visual elements based on light and light painting to enhance the charm and appeal of a city. From the 14 concepts developed at the course, three were made by Annabella Perecz, with one of them being turned into the fresco after certain improvements.

The several-storey-high painting of long-eared owls is located on a central wall surface and has the potential to become the latest highlight of the city. As a special feature of the artwork, the lamps placed inside the eyes of the owls will light up at night, in reference to the nocturnal nature of owls. The lamps are scheduled to be installed in late spring.  

According to Perecz, who created the owl concept and was involved in the project at the time as a graduating Animation BA student, the visual style of the painting with its fine details and limited use of colours was inspired by 50s art. “The owl feathers are drawn as tiny white strokes against a black backdrop, creating a sharp contrast. The effect is rounded off by a combination of yellow and blue colours of the night forest. I hope it will appeal to the people of Veszprém and give them pleasure to look at the owl family.

The works were funded by Veszprém-Balaton 2023 Zrt., and executed by Neopaint Works. Other sponsors included Vemévszer Kft., Reider Optika, and Hotel Veszprém.

This article was written from the VEB2023 press release

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