Last week I was in my hometown, Vitoria, paying a visit to my family…And they shared their flu with me! (you know, we are a close family!! :))
But, before, I had two days to take some pics, and some of them I think are good for Ailsa´s challenge: «Multicoloured», and to the WPC: «Inside»
I introduce you to one interesting initiative that started in my city in 2007: to paint big murals in the Old Part of the City, as a tool for expression of citizens and artists, and as a way to rehabilitate this part of the city not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also social, favouring local participation…
Here are some of them…
«Al hilo del Tiempo». (Plaza de las Burullerías).2007
Paying homage to the Medieval role of this square: the market of Fabrics and Cloths (in fact, «Burullero» is an old Medieval Spanish word that means «cloth weaver»).
«El Triunfo de Vitoria» (C/Santa María). 2009
Inspired by one work of the French Baroque painter Georges De La Tour: «The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs», but in a more Medieval atmosphere (here XIV century). It shows the Lady «Vitoria» playing cards with a man (that symbolizes the Power). This man is trying to cheat (see his hand behind), but the Lady´s maid (people from Vitoria) sees everything, and alerts her mistress (click on the images…It looks great! )
«Cubiertos de Cielo y Estrellas» (C/ Pintorería). 2009
«Covered by the Sky and the Stars» is a modern version of one of Giotto´s works: «The Meeting at the Golden Gate»: the kiss Anne gives to her husband Joachim, at the Golden Gate of Jerusalem…It is big, is full of life, and aims to inspire the desire of love in every person that sees it! (I do not know about the dog on the window, on the left! 🙂 )
«La Noche Más Corta» (surrounded by the Old Walls of the city). 2010
Represents the Night of San Juan and its magical pagan festival, with bonfires, music, dancing…
«Ezkuz Ezku» (C/Herrería) 2010
«Ezkuz Ezku» is Euskera for «Hand in Hand»…It is a big mural, with two painted facades with a mosaic base (John Pitman Weber was in charge of this mosaic). Here the hand («Ezkua») is the main subject, as the origin of music, art and work…
I only want to say thanks to Christine and Verónica Werckmeister, Brenan Duarte, and all the artists and people that have helped to make my city a little different..
It you happen to be in Vitoria, it is possible to follow a guided tour, and if not, but somehow you are interested, you have more info here: http://www.muralismopublico.com/
Amazing artwork Ilargia! Love the details in Ezkuz Ezku!
Thanks a lot Madhu! Every work deserves a lot of time!! It is really cool….
What a gallery of talent you have displayed here! Thanks so much for sharing!
Glad you like it!!!!
You are so talented !
Me encanta.!! Que hermoso arte en los edificios.!! Que idea genial. Necesitamos hacer eso en Chicago 😀
El artista que se encargó del mosaico, John Pitman Weber, es de Chicago!!!
Oh wow.!! Que raro, no?! Lo que es un mundo pequeño!!!
Igual hasta le conoces y todo! Habla español con mucho acento mejicano..es un poco mayor…
Si, yo se.!! jaja. Tengo un amigo de Espana – he always makes fun of my Mexican accented Spanish. I tell him I will have to go to Spain to learn to speak Spanish from Spain 🙂 Un dia..!!
People here in León says I have a lot of Basque accent…I do not why, since I can not speak a lot of Basque! So, do not worry about that!!! 🙂
jaja….Ok, I will not worry about the accent. Not yet. First I wil try to get all the words right 🙂
What vivid colors and array of talent! 😀
Thanks a lot Becca!
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Wow, these are really amazing! Great choices!
It gives a lot of light and life to some parts of the city that before were a bit sad and gray… 🙂
Gorgeous. What colors!
That wall art is amazing!
And the nice thing is that it has been done by artists working together with students, mothers, retired neighbours….A great experience!
Oh, even better.
Wonderful walls and very nice story !
Great for these challenge 1
Thanks a lot Max!!!!
Ciao ciao!!! 🙂
What fabulous art! Thanks for this wonderful post full of color.
Gracias a ti por leerlo!!!! Buen fin de semana!
Ilargia, estos murales me encantan. Lamento por tu gripe. Que te recuperes pronto!
great shots. super like 🙂
I am glad you enjoyed them! 🙂 Thanks a lot!
such bright colours! it must have been a delight to see live. thanks for sharing!
🙂 Thanks to you ! Yes, it is always a kind of a surprise to find them when one is strolling through the city…
Wow, such beautiful and colourful murals!! Love them!
Thanks a lot Janaline!
Truly fantastic and they fit both themes perfectly. Love this post!!
Thanks a lot Tina! 🙂
Hermosas fotos, Amaya. Y gran elección para este tema!
Hola Stefano!!! Cuánto tiempo!!!! Me alegro de que te hayan gustado! 🙂
Those are lovely murals. I can only imagine the burst of color and beauty that they gave your town. I especially like the Baroque themed paintings. They are so charming. 🙂
Fantastic gallery! Great work!
Thanks a lot! 🙂
Wow! Those are beautiful murals and so colorful, just perfect for this week’s theme. I really enjoyed them as must everyone living there.
🙂 Glad you liked it!
Whoa! Incredible murals.
Thanks a lot!!!!
Very colourful graffiti! I wrote a post on graffiti art too. Please come and visit:
Kaixo Ilarigi! Thanks for featuring, y que fotos tan buenas. Aqui tiens el blog del mural que estamos haciendo ahora mismo en Zaramaga: http://mural3m.wordpress.com/
Vaya!!! me encanta que os haya gustado! Ya me he apuntado para seguiros! 🙂
Wow, these are great.
Thanks a lot!
Wow! Gorgeous and vibrant! Talented indeed x
Thanks a lot !!! I am glad you like it!!! It is a great work!!!
Thanks a lot!!! They do a great job!!! 🙂