Urban art, associated from the stigma to vandalism and destruction of pubic furniture, will be in a few months a new discipline for the Gijón brand. The City Council announced yesterday the launch of what they call « a muralization plan » that will begin to take shape before the end of the year with the launch of five graffiti murals in Punta de Lequerica, Talasoponiente, the Club de Ceares , an electrical transformer from La Guía and Naval Gijón. However, three other murals have already been confirmed in Begoña, the ground floor of Río Eo street and a dividing wall in the town of Inuesa, by artists from plastic disciplines. The plan is born with the objective of continuity and will be expanded « during the next few years », according to the organizers.
The municipal team is aware that the group has a certain « bad reputation ». « That’s why we do it. We want to claim that urban art is not dirt or ugliness, and it does not deteriorate anything, » clarifies Miguel Barrero, from the Municipal Foundation of Culture. Ana González, mayor of Gijón, adds that the reason for the plan, in addition to allowing a new discipline to become part of municipal art, lies in the fact that public spaces acquired a special value during the confinement due to the coronavirus. « We realized then that the city is a meeting place, to be. One of the objectives of leaving the confinement was to step on it and feel it again, » he reasons. « From there, the city must undergo a transformation process to become that vital space we are looking for: a welcoming and stimulating one, » he adds.
The five graffiti murals are already designed and have been digitally recreated to study the design. In de Naval Gijón it will be the work of « Sepul », a tattoo artist from Gijón by profession and an expert in Polynesian and Buddhist styles. He will try this eagerness to repeat lines and patterns in a triangular drawing in black and white and touches of blue.
The one at the Club del Ceares, by « Peter Ramdon » -madrileño settled in the city-, will be an elongated mural with birds, a design with more realistic tints. The Poniente wall, in Talaso, will be the work of Bastián Prendes, from Oviedo, who will draw a suggestive portrait of a marine being with tentacles. The electric transformer in the roundabout in La Guía will be colored « Sak » with a more abstract stroke style. And to Lequerica’s, « Dados », which will make a suggestive drawing of fish made with origami. All works are scheduled to start this month. With more calm, but also approved, are the plastic works of María Peña, Helena Toraño and Ramón Isidoro. They will paint the lower parts of the Eo river, a dividing wall in Inuesa and a house in Begoña, respectively.