Velvet and Zoer – Walls that speak

After an extended work enforced break the blog is back and this year is going to be my most productive yet… I can just feel it in my bones. Who knows, I might even be able to actually do the weekly review piece, you know, every week!

Over the Christmas holidays on a rare day off work I was fortunate enough to spend the day exploring new teritory with good friend, amazing photographer and all round wealth of knowledge Fer Alcala

Fer took me to the town of Granollers about 40 minutes north by Train from Barcelona to show me some murals and walls that I had no idea even existed. The only piece I did know of but had no idea how to get too Fer had actually photographed a few days previously so he was more than happy to take me there soon after stepping off the train.

The piece by Velvet and Zoer is for Murs que parlen (walls that speak) an initiative from the local council in Granollers to bring some colour to the area. The two artists spent some time with the local community to get a feel for what they should create and how it would impact and give meaning to the local area.

Zoer has given a really nice insight to the creative process on his Instagram page, which is below…  And for me, as much as I love finding art all over the city & the world as a whole I find it incredibly facsinating to learn the history of the project and see how much detail and attention goes into making pieces such as this one for a specific community.

“One month ago , Velvet and me started painting this mural in Granollers / Catalunya. Relating an artistic action to its close environnement and context is a big question as: Does have the mural/ public space/ art to make a clear connexion with his time or to a special meaning. The population of Catalunya expressed recently its will of autonomy and most generally the possibility of reorganizing the society around a strong regional and cultural defense. As foreigners, we can only watch and interpret the informations coming through a certain distance. The Can Bassa district in Granollers is a very quiet district, let’s say mostly castillan, or inhabited by people from all the country. We were invited to take a look at the academic system here, by giving a class to young art students and by visiting the infant school to high school. The focus is set on the personal development and awakening to creative fields, developing exchange and curiosity.
In a dance class, where children were training, we found dozens of drum sticks in a blue plastic basin.
Besides of that we has the chance to meet Toni Cumella and to visit his splendid ceramic factory. Their ceramics are designed for architecture mainly, where a million of single pieces can shape an ensemble, become a pattern, a second skin to a concrete structure. Well known for having designed this sophisticated ceiling ceramic map for Santa Caterina market, Barcelona, they worked as well with Renzo Piano on the Centro Botin, creating a sensational floating pattern from thousands of ceramic disks modeling the facade and reflecting the light. During the inauguration, musicians were playing percussions using the ceramic facade as a giant drum with thousands of pads”

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