The project is under the direction of OZ Art, in partnership with Fort Smith based The Unexpected and global art curation firm Justkids. Together, they selected Youri, also known as Mantra, to create Little Rock’s part of the statewide project.
Youri, a native of France, is inspired by nature and memories of his childhood garden. His art magnifies nature’s smallest details, highlighting the beautiful intricacies of the world’s smallest creatures; in this case, moths and butterflies. By bringing these natural wonders to urban and industrial neighborhoods, he creates organic relationships between his subject and their environment.