Yesterday we had the most unexpected discovery in our neighborhood: an impressive colorful wall art featuring a graffiti of women around the world.
Let’s rewind to the complete story. We were heading to an exhibit gallery that it is at walking distance from our home. We have to go straight into a large avenue, as the road is wide and crossing it’s tricky, we usually pick one side and stick to it until we arrive to the end of the road. And for routine we always use the left side that it’s next to a park (prettier, I guess), although this time since the park is under renovation, for convenience, we took the right. This small and quick decision led us to our lucky find: I saw at a distance a wall full of large colorful graffitis in what looked as a small alley nearby, and the entrance had to be in the same direction we were heading. Quickly we changed plans, ditched the exhibit (next time! it will be up until November, no worries) and went to the hunt of the graffitis.
Luckily for us, we arrived to realize that indeed the alley existed and that it was going to be a public open space, but still under small renovation. The gate was not locked, though it was closed, because there were a couple of handymen working. I politely requested to enter and we were warmly welcomed; not only we were able to take pictures but also one of the handyman told us what the alley is all about. They are re-using this small back street as a public open space dedicated to show the cultural diversity we have in Barcelona – thus all the gorgeous women in the graffiti – and engage people to give classes here without having to pay a fee, such as yoga or (as he told us) any other cute (love that he used this word) project that involves learning. I instantly thought that it will make a nice photography workshop backdrop, wouldn’t it?
A big yay to the initiative and the artists. If you are in Barcelona and looking for a (rent free) space to teach something, seriously consider it, you’ll have the most amazing wall art to inspire your students.
Hope you like our small impromptu session, I am still mesmerized with the colors of the wall art. Have you recently stumbled upon something surprising in your city/town?