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These Intricate Classroom Murals are 'Painted' With Mud

Created as part of the Wall Art Festival in Bihar, India, these intricate murals—painted by Japanese artist Yusuke Asai—are made entirely from mud, dust, ash, and straw. The depictions of abstract people, plants, and animals cover the walls and ceilings of the local Niranjana School, which Asai hopes will both raise funding for the modest institution and expose the students to art using a very accessible medium. Like all art projects crafted from natural elements, though, the lifespan of these large-scale drawings was woefully brief. Almost right after their debut, in fact, Asai and the school's students wiped down the walls to illustrate "the meaning of life as a cycle." See them in all their brief glory, below:

· Stunningly intricate mud paintings cover classroom walls [My Modern Met]