A little while back I shared the press release from the Mira Mir festival. The idea behind the festival was to create an open air gallery in the town of Montcada just outside Barcelona. The town has a particularly ugly motorway which cuts right through the heart of the area.
What better way to improve the area than painting the columns of said motorway. If the motorway has to run there then why not make it look pretty huh!
Twenty four artists from Barcelona and further afield participated in this first edition. The theme centred around the animals that would have been affected by the creation of this concrete abomination. I’m not sure every artist stuck rigidly to the theme but they all incorporated animals of some sort in their work.
As I mentioned the main purpose of the event was that it was something positive for the town. The overriding perception is that Montcada is a road to somewhere but not an actual somewhere.
Judging by the amount of locals who came out over the the three days it was a roaring success. The Sunday night in particular saw droves of locals queuing up to take selfies next to the new art works.
Thanks to a bit of foresight from the organisers there are still twenty plus columns available to paint. Fingers crossed that this means we are getting a Mira Mir 2 next year.
I’m sure the locals would welcome the opportunity to see another group of artists come and add some more creativity to this particular concrete jungle.