Recently the last 2 legal walls have been banned. (Drassanes and Nou de la Rambla)
THERE IS NOW NOWHERE LEGAL TO PAINT IN BARCELONA
This cannot continue.
The current situation
Whilst trying to put this blog together, we contacted as many artists involved with Barcelona street art as we could find, many have been seriously discussing the situation in private. Now, the artists have started to get organised.
We want public spaces
These discussions have led to formal organized protests, the first was on the 4th of June and it brought together hundreds of people. The act was symbolic, and whilst much of it wasn’t art of the highest standard, it shows the high level of support and commitment from those involved.
The result of the protest was a message ‘We want our spaces returned’. This message was immediately removed by the state.
What remains is a collection of tags and throw ups, left there purposely in an attempt to encourage public support for a ‘cleaner city’. (Note: the govt is painting everything in the same grey paint regardless of how well it matches the wall it’s on).
Eerily reminiscant of a Barcelona favorite: George Orwell.
This was recorded both by the press and Catalan television.
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As the message was “greyed out” a second message was left it its place, reminding the establishment that Gaudi never liked grey.
Gaudi Doesn’t like Grey
Art, not Vandalism
We do not condone vandalism, and now because of the laws our city is being destroyed by vandalism. The laws affects many more than just those that used and want to paint. They want to make their voices heard.
From the Artists themselves…
Some think Barcelona is Dead. Many think we need help from the international community to change this disaster.
Due to these zero tolerance laws much of the graffiti in Barcelona is reduced to tags, quick throw ups and silver graffiti rather than something for the public to enjoy.
Barcelona street artists are being asked to paint in London which would be considered illegal in Barcelona.
This blog will be a part of our voice. We are trying to connect everyone, regardless of our differences, to fight against something that is alienating us all.
We need international help to take our streets back.
We welcome you to leave a comment below, subscribe, link to us, tell a friend, make a video, paint something, in fact anything that can help us spread the word would help!
Please help us to make a difference, it may be your city next.