Maiko Mural 2018, Artist: Lady Aiko, Japanese Artist, 20x21 Mural Project, Eugene, Oregon
AIKO, born in Tokyo but a New York resident since the 1990s, graced the corner of Willamette Street and Seventh Avenue with the colorful reverse image of a Maiko -- an apprentice geisha who is in training to be a dancer. She chose the motif because it has energy and felt festive. Created from 15 hand-cut stencils, the reverse images are a way to express day and night. Look for her trademark butterfly in the mural, an image that graces her many murals around the globe. [from 20x21 Mural Project website]
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Artist's Signature
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(Date Photographed: 13:11:41 Monday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Friday 8 February 2019)
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The artist's signature contained the word "Brooklyn," because the artist Lady Aiko lives in Brooklyn.


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Bare Trees
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(Date Photographed: 13:10:44 Monday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Friday 8 February 2019)
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Bare winter trees surrounded the mural, which made it easier to see than summer full trees would have allowed.


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Two Women
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(Date Photographed: 13:11:16 Monday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Friday 8 February 2019)
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The mural depicted two geisha women, one upside down at the bottom, the other right side up on the top. They represent the duality of day and night.


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Bottom Geisha
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(Date Photographed: 13:11:10 Monday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Friday 8 February 2019)
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The bottom geisha was upside down, with flowers floating in front of her face.


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Side Of Staircase
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(Date Photographed: 13:10:37 Monday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Friday 8 February 2019)
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The mural was painted on the side of a staircase that led up to various levels of a parking structure.


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Both Geishas
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(Date Photographed: 13:11:50 Monday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Friday 8 February 2019)
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Both geishas: the lower clearly in night, and the upper clearly in day. Both carried parasols, the lower parasol decorated with pink and purple butterflies against blue, the upper parasol decorated with green and blue butterflies against red.


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Lower Geisha Outfit
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(Date Photographed: 13:11:53 Monday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Friday 8 February 2019)
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The lower geisha's outfit was blue and decorated with flowers.


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The Upper Geisha's Outfit
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(Date Photographed: 13:11:54 Monday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Friday 8 February 2019)
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The upper geisha's outfit was pink and also decorated with flowers. The divisions in the concrete of the wall, gave the mural the feeling of a mosaic wall.


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Top Of Mural
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(Date Photographed: 13:11:56 Monday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Friday 8 February 2019)
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A closer look at the top of the mural. A butterfly flew over the Geisha's face. Note that a butterfly is included in every one of Lady Aiko's murals, and functions as an artistic trademark.


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