Common Kestrel by TELMO MIEL
AT THE HEART OF THE STREET ART PROJECT OF THE CITY OF BOULOGNE-SUR-MER
Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann are two Dutch street artists who form a duo known as Telmo Miel. The two artists met during their studies in 2007 in Rotterdam, but it was only in 2012 that they founded their company “TelmoMiel”. Together today, they create hyper-realistic works in the form of life-size murals and facades on walls around the world. By combining their styles and skills, the duo layers realistic representations for a rendering that is as dreamlike as it is surreal.
For this fresco, the artists wanted to stage the kestrel accompanied by a female figure: “Here, we discover a person standing who crosses her arms in a posture of waiting a little closed. At the same time, she is holding a stick on which two protected birds, kestrels, are resting. These two postures symbolize the different approach that man can show towards nature, his respect and his will to protect it.” (Miel)
“Often, when people discover a work, they are obsessed with the eyes,” continues Miel. “They look for who the character looks like and forget about everything else. But we don’t care. This person is universal. It could be anyone. This work is a global approach to an important theme: respect for nature and environmental protection.“
Miel Krutzmann explains that the idea that guides their creations “is to propose a certain look at the relationship between man and nature“.
street art PROJECT OF THE CITY OF Boulogne-sur-Mer
The city of Boulogne-sur-Mer is constantly reflecting on its heritage while continuing to develop the concept of a city of art and history. Rethinking the visual identity is essential to develop the positive imagination around the city as a place of art and history, but also a possibility for the visitor who passes through, the foreigner who lives there or the Boulonnais who was born there, to follow an itinerary of urban art.
This change of visual will contribute to project the Boulonnais towards a more dynamic image and where artistic creation will find its place in the participation of the inhabitants.
Their challenge today is to generate a real “living together” and a collective feeling of belonging to our city. For this, the city of Boulogne-sur-Mer is convinced that arts and culture have an important role to play in the construction of an identity and an image (on a regional, national and international level). The city relies on this creative force to question the values of the city and more widely of society. Because artists have the power to change the way we look at things, to make us think about our choices and our future.
THE COMMON KESTREL
The kestrel is a member of the Falconidae family and more precisely of the diurnal raptors. Present throughout Eurasia and much of northern Africa, it is between 32 and 35 centimeters in length, and between 68 and 78 centimeters in wingspan. Its plumage is characterized by a reddish back with brown spots, however with differences between males and females. Its narrow wings are brown at their tips. Its belly is lighter with darker stripes and spots. Its song is rather rare, however one observes a great variety of tonality.
The kestrel is a sedentary bird that adapts to different types of environments, feeding mainly on small mammals such as rodents. To catch its prey, it moves in hovering flight called “Holy Spirit flight” and glides towards its prey.