Street artist paints imposing butterfly murals on buildings around the world

Street artist known as Mantra has used their talent to transform buildings into specimen boxes depicting different species of butterfly.

Plain concrete walls and faded brick facades have been been completely remodeled into gorgeous depictions of hyper-realistic butterfly murals encased behind glass.

These butterflies can be spotted all around the world, from Sweden to Mexico, yet not all are conveyed within specimen cases. Some are flying free, others are depicted flying alongside other butterflies, but all are native species to the area he is painting in.

Mantra has perfected the art of realistic illusion, as the butterflies look ready to fly off the side of these buildings and join their counterparts fluttering past.

Whilst Mantra has stuck mostly to buildings as the staging for his art, you can also find examples of his work in abandoned buildings, museums, or offices, and they all successfully bring some life and colour into the space.

Check out some of Mantra’s beautiful designs below.

Triad, Jacksonville, USA | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
Triad, Jacksonville, USA
Vlinders van Breda, Breda, Netherlands | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
Vlinders van Breda, Breda, Netherlands
Vegas Moths-The Fremont Collection, Las-Vegas, USA | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
Vegas Moths-The Fremont Collection, Las-Vegas, USA
The-Sommerfugle Altar, Silkborg, Denmark | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
The-Sommerfugle Altar, Silkborg, Denmark
The ode of collapse, Torino, Italy | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
The ode of collapse, Torino, Italy
The Line Little Rock, AR, USA | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
The Line Little Rock, AR, USA
The last butterflies ballet Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX, US | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
The last butterflies ballet Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX, US
The illustrated Metamorphosis, Overum, Sweden | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
The illustrated Metamorphosis, Overum, Sweden
The Emperor Tau, Vastervik, Sweden | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
The Emperor Tau, Vastervik, Sweden
The 21st Collection Bentonville, AR, US | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
The 21st Collection Bentonville, AR, US
Ofrenda del los Animeros, San Juan de Tihuaca, Mexico | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
Ofrenda del los Animeros, San Juan de Tihuaca, Mexico
Numero 7, Lyon, France | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
Numero 7, Lyon, France
Nature morte de Lysandra, Gullegem, Belgium | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
Nature morte de Lysandra, Gullegem, Belgium
Memoire d’automne, Dijon, France | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
Memoire d’automne, Dijon, France
Mariposas del Yucatan , Cancun, Mexico | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
Mariposas del Yucatan , Cancun, Mexico
La renaissance du Machaon, Rombas, France | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
La renaissance du Machaon, Rombas, France
La collection du Valais, Cransmontana, Switzerland | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
La collection du Valais, Cransmontana, Switzerland
Hyvinkaan perhosia, Hyvinkaa, Finland | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
Hyvinkaan perhosia, Hyvinkaa, Finland
Entomologie moderne, Werchester, Belgium | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
Entomologie moderne, Werchester, Belgium
Der Algaispilot Dortmund, Germany | Butterfly mural by street artist Mantra
Der Algaispilot Dortmund, Germany

Mantra’s mural designs aren’t limited to just butterflies, as he has also painted other insects such as spiders, moths and beetles, as well as bigger animals, such as cats, birds, and reptiles.

Mantra’s work is available to view on his Instagram also, if you aren’t lucky enough to live close to some of his gorgeous street-art.

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