AShop is an artist collective specializing in urban arts, artistic event activations and muralism. The primary objective is to produce large scale public art that speaks and appeals to the population while communicating the artistic direction of each of the participating creatives. While each member of the group has a unique artistic journey, they come together through their passion for urban beautification. This cooperative spirit generates an exceptional artistic atmosphere, which is the basis of their creative process. Each project is approached as a custom collaboration between all members, from conceptualization to final execution, with everyone bringing their ideas, styles, techniques, and experience. It is this collaborative process that makes each tailor-made creation a direct expression of the members of the collective, and the result is innovative projects, dynamic, authentic and reflective of the community and context that they are presented within.
This mural was inspired by the Fountain of Bartholdi, an icon of the artist Dodo Ose’s hometown. The original sculpture is located at Place Des Terreaux in downtown Lyon. It was created by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and was inaugurated in 1982. It represents France and her four rivers. In Dodo Ose’s interpretation, the horses emerge from an aquatic abstraction inspired by the shapes and movement of his graffiti lettering. Complex textures were created with a paintbrush and aerosol technique. The mural represents a childhood memory of the artist. A memory inspired by the grandiose sculpture located near the home he grew up in.