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Cailey Rizzo
August 26, 2017

The chateaus of France are generally not known for their psychedelic appearances. However, one street artist just transformed a 19th-century chateau outside of Paris into a trippy playground that dazzles the eye.

Spanish pop artist Okuda San Miguel arrived at the Château de la Valette in early July, armed with cans of brightly saturated spray paint.

Within a few days, he turned the white-washed walls of the castle into a colorful and playful mural, titled “Skull in the Mirror.”

“When I saw the castle, I fell in love with its architecture, and immediately saw the form of skulls in the windows,” Okuda told Lonely Planet. “I love that my painting plays with the 3D elements of the building.”

The piece was commissioned as part of the Festival Label Valette, an annual celebration of street culture, run by Urban Arts Paris. Also within the walls of the newly-decorated chateau, visitors will find installations from 100 street artists across 32,000 square feet. The works of art cover the castle, a chapel and two dormitories on the property.

The chateau is located in Pressigny-les-Pins, about a 55-minute train journey from Paris. It fell into disrepair for about 30 years until a French company, Ile-aux-Pins, bought the property in 2015 and brought it back to life.

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