legal from Barcelona come to Madrid after going around the world and flourishing in up to 24 countries in the last eight years, after settling in Italy, the Netherlands, Estonia, Thailand, the Philippines, Mexico, the United States, Canada … The Murs Lliures were born in the Plaza de las Tres Ximeneies del Poble Sec in 2012, led by the government of Mayor Xavier Trias and the Rebobinart cultural association, and now have 94 walls all over the planet. You go and sign up, for a few years through an app called Wallspot, and paint what you want on the assigned wall.
The Madrid City Council today starts a pilot test in the districts of Moratalaz and Puente de Vallecas. The mayor of Culture, Andrea Levy, who is from Barcelona and already knew the idea, is very excited about this form of artistic self-management. In a couple of months they will take stock and see what they do. For this weekend 85 artists have already signed up, but they will only be able to draw spray 26. Marc García, from Rebobinart, says that soon they will mount a few very artistic saraos to better understand the concerns of the neighborhood and better integrate these walls into the life of their neighborhoods.
This system facilitated the completion of 26 works in the Catalan capital in 2012, and 1,747 last year
Now, with the pandemic, García continues, the use of Barcelona’s Murs Lliures is falling, but in reality these are good times for urban art. What better place than a wall in the street to contemplate a work of art in these strange times when people find it less fun every day to get into closed spaces? “You put on a work in the street and all the people who pass by will see it casually, and also all those who come with that idea will see it. The public space can function as a huge open-air museum. And people are already fed up with consuming everything through mobile phones ”.
The drop in demand for Barcelona’s Murs Lliures in recent months is due to the drop in tourism and restrictions on mobility. Before the confinement, on the walls of Drassanes and the Tres Ximeneies, in the most successful of the dozen that now operate in the city, the works hardly lasted a day or two. In 2012, 26 reservations were processed to paint at the city’s Murs Lliures, and last year 1,747. Artists from all over the world left their mark, took a couple of photos and were delighted with a lot of likes . Now the jobs last a week or two. Many artists from the metropolitan area also stopped coming, eager to paint in public space, in the largest gallery in the world, without looking all the time if the police were coming or not.