VIDA

VIDA
Bogotá, Colombia. 2015
A leaf of 5.000m2 on the ground of a plaza that shouts the word LIFE, so that the 457 families remember that they have been relocated in this new urbanization of social homes, rebuilding their future together so they can move forward.
THE DESIGN
Since more or less tow months ago they live together. Every family comes from a different place of the country. Nothing to do with one another some of them come from the Pacific others from the Caribbean others from the amazon or the mountains. The only point in common between them is the one of living the drama of running away without looking behind, abandoning their lands, costumes and most of their families, as consequence of the terrible armed conflict that the country breaths.
In this context is where the mural appears, validated by the neighbors and generated by a participative way with them and other citizens, to transform this new place in witch they live building new relationships that strength this new community, working out to be part of this new identity.
THE CONTEXT
THE CONCEPT
The work consists of a big leaf, built up bay hundreds of smaller leafs, that are assembled in a way that can be read the Word LIFE. Each one of those leafs belongs to the most significative spices of the different ecosystems of the country, making a parallelism with the people that inhabit the building, representing with a symbolic way their places of origin. Bringing them a Little peace of their lands. The painting is on the ground and it's perception is totally different if you walk it than the one given by the view in the building. When you are on top of it you just perceive humongous geometrical forms and colors, but from the heights makes perfect sense, representing the new beginning loaded with hope.
INFORMATION & CREDITS
  • Intervention of 5.000m2 fulfilled in September 2015, at Avenida Carrera 30 with la Calle 22 en Bogotá, Colombia
  • Plastic water-based paint on floor
  • This social project has being possible thanks to the “Bogotá Humana” programs of the Secretaría del Habitat together with Metrovivienda. With the sponsorship of the Fundación Orbis Pintuco, that has given all the necessary material, and the colaboration of DADEP, in logistic matters
  • Huge thanks to John Zuluaga, for believing in madness, and also to the “Secretaría del Habitat” for their great job. To Juana Leal and all her university teammates, for their selfless collaboration. To Juliana, Lorena and Camila. To Yira, Hernán, Angela, Jessica, Alejandra, Camila Rodríguez and the rest of the volunteers. To Juan Carlos Silva and the students of “La Escuela de Artes y Letras”. And to all of them, that made this project possible
  • We want to thanks in an special way to every neighbor of the “Plaza de la Hoja” that have make us feel like home. You have a part of us forever
  • Support at the studio:
  • Photography by Adrián Suárez aka Mr Lausiv, Daniel Mora G. y Boa Mistura


QUERER VOLVER, VOLVER A QUERER

QUERER VOLVER, VOLVER A QUERER
Oliete, España. 2019
Cities grow every day, every hour. Endless and impersonal hives, provided with all the commodities that anyone might (or might think to) need.
Cities are like XX Century’s El Dorado, the only life choice that this greedy-for-growth society proposes to us.

In the meantime, small villages are beginning to vanish. There are more than 8.000 villages across Spain’s territory. Six in ten are at risk of extinction.
«Your small town» is now pushed aside, like a childhood memory or a summer at your grandparents’ house. Villages are like a bunch of weird banners scattered across the roads that connect big cities.
OLIETE
Oliete is one of many Spanish villages affected by exodus. It went from having 3.000 inhabitants before the Civil War to a few more than 300 nowadays.

This neglect leads to empty streets, ruined houses and abandoned crop fields. «Apadrina un Olivo» is an NGO that is trying to reverse this situation. Their goal is to recover centenarian olive trees through individual sponsorship. There are now more than 4.000 recovered olive trees, but the road ahead is long: there are more than 100.000.
THE DESIGN
These two words create a skin for the Almazara.

We create a colorful rhythm, in which sometimes the word «QUERER» is the one you can read better, some other is the word «VOLVER». But somehow they’re always connected because both words make sense here: «QUERER VOLVER» (returning desire). Coming back to our land, where our identity is born.

«VOLVER A QUERER» (to love again). To love again that land, which one day we forgot, as we were eaten up by the consumer society and big cities.
INFORMATION & CREDITS
  • 900 m2 olive oil press, painted during July 2019 in Oliete, Teruel
  • Project funded entirely by NGO Apadrina un Olivo
  • Thanks to Alberto, José Alfredo, Sira and all the team at Apadrina un Olivo, for their initiative with this necessary cause, and their hospitality
  • Team Boa: Irene García, Blanca Sánchez-Molero
  • Support at the studio: Clara González
  • Photography by Boa Mistura


SOMOS

SOMOS
Mérida, Spain. 2019
The Murals with Objective program seeks to raise awareness of the values of dignity, justice and respect for people and the environment, promoted by the Sustainable Development Goals.
In our contribution to the project, in November 2019, we have worked on objective number 10; Inequalities reduction.
THE CONCEPT
We are, in the plural.
"Somos" (We are), as many times as groups make up civil society.
"Somos" (We are). With our biological, psychological, social, historical differences and cultural practices and particularities.
No person, within the plurality, is worth more than another.
No collective is worth less than another.

Equality is allowing ourselves to be unique and different people. Being part of the “We are”.
INFORMATION & CREDITS
  • Project developed on a 111.60 m2 plot of land in the Nueva Ciudad Polígono, in Mérida, during the month of November 2019
  • Infinite thanks to Julio C. Vázquez, for wanting to join this beautiful initiative of Murales con Objetivos
  • Thanks to Raquel, Ana and the entire Association of Cultural Managers of Extremadura (AGCEX) for connecting with the neighbors of the Bellavista neighborhood.
  • To the Extremadura Agency for International Development Cooperation (AEXCID), to the Ministry of Culture and Equality and to the City of Mérida for the support.
  • And infinite thanks to all the neighbors, teachers, professors and students of the C.E.I.P. José Maria Calatrava, of the I.ES Extremadura and of the I.E.S Sáez de Buruaga who accompanied us staining your hands with us and for empowering you with the work.
  • Photography by Boa Mistura


平衡 PINGHÉNG: EQUILIBRIO

平衡 PINGHÉNG: BALANCE
ShenZhen, China. 2017
The intervention takes around 960 m2 of the main facade from one of the “Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture” venues, in the city of Shen Zhen.

We propose an ideogram superposition by mixing the words «tradition» and «progress».
By strengthening the process, we first painted completely the first word on which the second one was painted over, creating then a transparency effect that invites the audience to stop and depict its meaning.
THE CONTEXT
The biennale focuses in NanTou, one of the walled old towns in the city, surrounded nowadays by the rampant development of the current China.

Life in Nantou unfolds on its pedestrian streets, where small stores and tiny restaurants create a hectic passerby flow.
This Biennale edition wanted to take place in an inhabited environment, with the aim of highlight the origin of the actual ShenZhen, like so introducing new stimulus different to the urban reality of Nantou, offering new future perspectives.

Several artistic and architectural interventions were done in the area, playing with the high contrast between the old urban landscape and the contemporary visual language.
BALANCE
In the 1890s, when modernity became part of Chinese thought, it became apparent that no other foreign model would suit its own situation, that many models would be tried, but none would be suitable, and that the creative Chinese people would have to to find, in his own way, his own salvation. Since they had a single past, they would have their own unique future.
(John King Fairbanks, China: A New History)


It was here, in China, on the shores of the fertile Yellow river where the first civilizations of history were born.
On the other hand, to date, China is the country with the highest economic growth and one of the most developed in the world.

These two factors are decisive in the identity of the Chinese people, and their antagonistic natures require the balance to keep it alive.

Chinese philosophical thinking regards harmony as a state of equilibrium developed by man and achieved through correct and proper relationships. Breaking this cosmic order would bring about serious alterations.

It is from that balance, from the harmony between tradition and development, from where the creative Chinese people should build the future, that own and unique future that maintains the cosmic order.
THE PROCESS
Our proposal was a performance work, worked in two stages, so it was be a living work, which will change its appearance as it was being executed.
  • PHASE 1: 發展 (DEVELOPMENT): Representing the present. The brutal development meets that unique past. Ancestral traditions and modern experiments are mixed dynamically.
  • PHASE 2: 傳統 (TRADITION): Representing the past. To all those elements such as mythology, philosophy, art, medicine or music, which makes sustenance and that mark so strongly the identity of China.
  • FINAL RESULT: HARMONY: Representing the future. It is at that point where Tradition and development meet, where is the balance. It is from there from where we have to build the future.
INFORMATION & CREDITS
  • 960 m2 intervention painted at the east facade of an old industrial building that is today the main venue for the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, during December 2017
  • Plastic water-based paint on wall
  • Thank to the Biennale and to the MAXXI Rome, for introducing contemporary art in a traditional environment.
  • We want to thank to the curators Hou Hanru, Liu Xiaodu and Bei Xi for helping four aliens to paint in China. To Elena Motisi for betting on us.
  • To Adrian and John for their help in the battlefield.
  • To Vonnie for her complicity and her cello concerts.
  • To our beloved fellow assistants Chen Yun, Leo Zhao Hua, Leo Zhao De, Liu Han, Li Fui and Huang Jian Quan, for the silent crane hours.
  • Support at the studio: Clara González, Pablo G Mena, Diego Vicente.
  • Photography by Boa Mistura.


JUNTOS SOMOS BARRIO

JUNTOS SOMOS BARRIO
Murcia, Spain. 2019
In 2019, from May to June, the artistic mural intervention in four blocks of buildings at the La Paz neighbourhood was realized with the help of the local community.

This project’s main focus was, above all, to alter the perception that the neighbours have of their urban surroundings using a new iconography based in the interpretation of a local identity through a design process and a collaborative consult.

JUNTOS SOMOS BARRIO”(TOGETHER WE ARE NEIGHBORHOOD) was the text the community chose to represent them. A message with great significance that proves it is possible a good interaction between the different communities in a modern urban setting.
THE CONTEXT
Inside these blocks of flats exist three spaces that are especially adequate for artistic action because of the great impact their visibility carries, main avenues perimetric to the neighbourhood and places with great presence inside the public neighbourhood spaces.

These main locations are:

• The great block in front of CEIP Nuestra Señora de La Paz
• Longitudinal block in front of Avenida Primero de Mayo
• Great longitudinal block in front of Avenida de La Fama

La Paz neighbourhood has 50 blocks with different styles, height and dimensions.
Thanks to the great success of this first intervention, it was decided to carry on with this project, starting a second phase. The remaining 47 blocks were prepared for a joint pictorial action. Therefor, in the heart of the neighbourhood the word ALMA (SOUL) was placed.
PARTICIPATION
It is important that the ampliation of this project has a harmonic cohesion with the first phase. With that aim, the same language and typographic elements that were used in the first four buildings were used to maintain a common aesthetic.

A gamma of four warm colours in degradation is proposed, being completed with the colour white in some point to obtain contrast.
In some locations that had special visibility or relevance in the community we proposed using the word to send messages that represent the neighbourhood identity and supports its people during their daily challenges.
INFORMATION & CREDITS
  • In 2019, from May to June, we carried the intervention of three buildings, that added up to 7200 m2 in size. This was later expanded, to a total of 61040 m2 in La Paz, Murcia
  • Plastic water-based paint on wall
  • Infinite thanks to everyone that has supported us and made this possible. Ponce+Robles, for the connection and ADN Urbano, for including us in their project for renovation and social activation of the neighbourhood
  • Thanks to Irene G.  for helping us to shape the words until they were a perfect fitting glove for the buildings
  • And above all thanks to our Dream Team, that were constantly working those walls until they were finished. Zai, Tone, Waker, Gabo, Juan Ramón, Pedro, Manolo, Pepe Ramos, Los Ramones (Fernández and Correas), Cristóbal, Pepe Díaz, Pepe Moreno, Juan Velasco and Paco
  • Thanks to the La Paz neighbourhood for those two months filled with joyful intensity
  • Photos by Boa Mistura and Fer Taranco


LA VIDA ES MOVIMIENTO

LA VIDA ES MOVIMIENTO
Madrid, Spain. 2018
We are moving therefor we are alive. What is still, dries up and die. That is the reason why the human being has always look for go further and further, by building roads and railways, by sailing the oceans and flying above the clouds.
But not the only physical movement what keeps us alive.

Social unrest keeps the ideals awaken and up in arms. That is another way of feeling alive. The San Cristobal colony lives with the movement -in the broadest sense- running through its veins.

With this intervention we want to pay tribute to a community that has fought for their principles. The movement has maintained the San Cristobal Colony awaken, preserving its identity and neighborhood character despite the circle of fire that the corporate development has created around these 25 blocks.
THE COLONY
In 1948 the old Generalísimo Avenue is extended, and the San Cristobal colony is built as a collaboration between the Municipal Housing Board and the Municipal Department of Transportation. By that time the new bus depot was installed right in front of the houses, aiming to build cheap houses for the bus drivers.

The colony is demarcated with 290 Paseo de la Castellana, Manuel Caldeiro street, Viejas street, and Mauricio Legendre street, where the bus depot is located. It is comprised of 25 buildings in rows of six, eight and eleven blocks. The most peculiar features are the arches crowning the facades.
THE MARKET
San Cristobal Market was opened in 1974. Despite the complex situation which is immersed in (like most of the markets across the city), it is the epicenter within the colony. It is placed in the heart of the neighborhood, right next to the Colorín Colorado children’s school and the Andrés Manjón square. It is a wide open space among the 25 blocks that comprise this community.
It is a unique building and has a really good visibility from Conde de Torralba street, so it is the perfect spot to create a landmark and make it the foundation of a message representing not only the market but the whole colony.
The «Tram Driver Colony» as it was known back in its early years, has grown together with the transportation network. That’s why their identity is clearly rooted in the movement. On the other hand, during the 80’s, the neighborhood association turned out to be one of Madrid’s most combative groups and has continued the fight against the uncontrolled growth of the business district, such as the KIO towers or the «Cuatro Torres Business Area»
THE DESIGN
«LA VIDA ES MOVIMIENTO» (LIFE IS MOVEMENT) is the sentence used to wrap up the four facades of the market, creating this way a 360 degrees intervention which invites to move around the building to comprehend the whole work. The typography itself refers to the movement through a game of displacements and transparencies. When approaching the mural from the distance, you can easily read the quote and understand the movement effect. When coming closer, the work turns more abstract, so we can start enjoying a musical-type of color shapes that go along the way.
INFORMATION & CREDITS
  • Project developed in September 2018, in an area of ​​800 m2
  • Plastic water-based paint on wall
  • Thanks to Swatch Creative Natives, for supporting the emerging talent in Madrid, and trusting our work
  • Thanks to Urvanity art, great curators and producers
  • To the merchant association, neighbor association and the Chamberí district board for letting us work in such a spectacular canvas
  • Thanks a lot to the Market employees. To Cheli and Gonzalo for your disposition, and to Manuela for turning the lunchtime into the greatest hour of the day
  • To Lola Valdivia , Dan Barreri and Fer Taranco for the exhaustive documentation
  • To Sam, Johanny, Irene, Ana Victoria and Peque for providing the team with the best energy
  • Boa Team: Diego Vicente, Irene García, Pablo G. Mena, Clara González, Johanny Takayama, Samuel Juan Lora, Ana Victoria Taboada
  • Photography by Boa Mistura, Dan Barreri, Fer Taranco and Lola Valdivia