John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
A mushroom morphs into an elephant in this spray-paint time-lapse by street artist Dian.
Ever hear the tale about the little fungus that grew up to be an elephant? If not, don’t worry—you’re probably not as into psychedelic painting as Dian, a European artist who makes strange, short films out of time-lapse graffiti.
During a recent trip to Brooklyn, Dian created a flipbook-style mural on a brick wall, painting and repainting to forward his story. What look like hallucinogenic Amanita muscaria mushrooms grow and puncture the building before morphing into globs of toxic-looking ooze and, finally, a happy pachyderm.
For those who dig graffiti cinema, here are a couple more artworks Dian (and in one case collaborator Fellaz) made this summer.