Here’s a time lapse video of Blu painting a giant piece on the streets of Barcelona. The video is shot over the course of several days and includes audio interviews with folks from the neighborhood trying to figure out what it is and what it means. This project was part of The Influencers festival. I actually saw it in person. It was great!
Difusor is a group of Barcelona-based “artivists” who stage guerilla projects in the public space. They recently improved an old decaying bunker from the Spanish Civil War by covering it with pink camouflage. (The bunker was already covered with graffiti, as seen here.)
Difusor has been trying to improve public space in the Barcelona area, developing different kinds of projects. Recently we (re)visited an abandoned Spanish civil war republican bunker. Our merge between war and absurdity.
I spent last week at The Influencers Festival in Barcelona and had the pleasure of meeting Blu. I got a chance to see him in action, painting a new wall in town as part of the festival. I snapped a blurry photo of it, above. It’s a giant shark made of $100 bills. The festival was videotaping him during the entire process, so expect an awesome time-lapse video to turn up soon.
If you haven’t seen Blu’s famous “Muto” animation from Buenos Aires, stop everything and watch it now: Muto.
Street artist Mark Jenkins makes, among other things, awesome human sculptures out of tape and then dresses them and puts them in public places. His latest project is The Golden Ass. In an area of Barcelona packed with “golden statue” type street performers, he constructed a sculpture that looked like a human in a horse costume. Everyone who encountered it assumed it was a performer being incredibly still.
“…it’s much easier to make pretend people than to pretend to be a sculpture all day.”