Gucci's ArtWalls are vastly ambitious - think of Dani Miller's lipstick-clad mouth revealing a sharp set of teeth blown up to an enormous size in Mexico city, or Jackie Kennedy's favourite Gucci bag paired with metallic green flares, slapped on the side of a building in Manhattan's SoHo. The latest image to get the Gucci ArtWall treatment is by Ken Scott, the late American fashion designer celebrated for his vibrantly coloured botanical prints. Beholden to the nickname ‘the gardener of fashion,’ Scott favoured peonies, roses, poppies and sunflowers in his designs. Alessandro Michele, the house's creative director, dug into Scott's archive for Gucci's Epilogue collection, and now, the prints have appeared on pointy-toed pumps, loafers, sneakers and crossbody leather bags.
The Gucci mural is signature Scott. Pink flowers are captured bursting into life against a murky background, with such a simple outline you'd be forgiven for thinking the piece was by Irish artist Michael Craig-Martin. See the mural for yourself in Lafayette Street in Manhattan’s SoHo, in Milan’s Largo La Foppa (in the district of Corso Garibaldi), just off East London’s Brick Lane, in Shanghai’s Fengsheng Li, Jingan district, and in Hong Kong’s D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong.