Barcelonian artist Roc Blackblock was also one of this years participants at Parees and left behind this stunning mural in ode to the Casino de Trubia’s 100th anniversary.
Roc was in town at the same time as Licuado but his wall was around 12km outside of Ovideo in the town of Trubia. Roc, like Licuado had to deal with some inclement weather whilst creating is latest mural but still completed it in just five days. Pretty incredible going really.
The wall couldn’t be in a better location to be honest. The wall is a gable end of a longish row of houses just as you enter on the main road. You literally could not miss it as you drive past. Something that I noticed actually, whilst dodging traffic to shoot, was the amount of people taking note of it as they drove past.
Roc’s work generally focuses on what you would call social activism. His stencil work is littered all around Barcelona as part of social and community projects. You are more likely to find his work on the side of a library or a community centre than you are a wall of fame.
This latest mural, as I mentioned is about the 100th anniversary of Trubia’s casino. This was the place where the local community, musicians and visitors alike would go to connect and have fun. The casino closed in 2015 but this stunning mural gives them something to remember it and the times had there by.
The mural also has a nod to Trubia’s weapons factory that was established in the 19th century. The pouring molten metal at the bottom of the wall was painted by roller and brush and is visually stunning.
As with the Licuado mural the town’s folk were all very intrigued and happy to see a work of art being given to their community. Not just any work of art but something that they can relate to and use as a reference point to a certain time in the town.