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  • Chartres Fresco
  • Public housing isn’t often cited for its beauty and creativity. However, residents of the Bel Air housing estate in Chartres, France, have grown used to seeing tourists taking pictures of their buildings. In 2008 three designers and six muralist painters transformed the plain apartment buildings.

    The now famous frescoes cover more than 4,000 Sq meters on four buildings, with themes decided upon by the inhabitants. It took three months to design the transformative frescoes, then a further six months to complete them.

    On this building the theme is the architecture of Chartres old town, complete with the river Eure running through it. You can see the old mill house that I featured as ‘picture of the day’ yesterday.

    See this from another view using Google street view.

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