I moved house a few weeks back, making my life quite a lot more difficult in terms of seeing art on a regular basis. I’m not exactly miles out of the city or anything but just far enough away to make it more of an effort.
One silver lining, apart from the fact that my new place is sooooo much nicer than the crack den I was in before… Can Batllo. For non Barcelona based readers of the page Can Batllo is a former 19th century textile mill. The area is now the focus of social and cultural activity and houses vegetable plots, a library, cinema and much much more.
Now, I live all of two minutes away from Can Batllo and thought it was a good time to go and check out any new pieces in the area. To not a great amount of surprise there was a bunch of new pieces that have gone up since my previous visit.
I guess that a few of these artists must live in the neighbourhood as J.Loca and Eledu have multiple new works up on shutters and walls. It actually begs the question, is this work legal and approved or because of what the area is and represents, these pieces are accepted works with or without permission.
I also saw some paste ups dotted throughout the area. These paste ups are celebrating the history of Can Batllo through black and white photographs. These photographs are of the workers from when it was still a mill. A really nice touch from whomever created these.
I don’t have to much more too add really. I just wanted to share some of these pieces and alert people to this little community area that is easily missed for those not ‘in the know’. It’s definitely worth your time if ever visiting Barcelona in the future.