MUROS -Tabacalera is a Madrid Street Art Project initiative for the Fine Arts Department of Spanish Ministry of Culture, Education and Sports whose aim is to recover the outer walls of an old tobacco factory by transforming them into a Street Art space for the delight of everyone.
This new edition of MUROS comes after the great success of 2014 edition where 26 artists participated in the festival, and a few months after the 1st INTRAMUROS Edition held last November, an event that brought together Street_Artists, art managers, journalists, art experts and general public to share their views and experience on Urban Art and related topics.
You may wonder what Tabacalera is??
Tabacalera building is located in the heart of Madrid, in calle Embajadores. The premises were built between 1780 and 1782, as part of the urban policy of Borbon Monarchs that sought the transformation of the city and set up various Royal Companies in southern districts of Madrid.
Formerly a spirit-drink factory and, then, a playing –card plant, in 1809 the Royal Tobacco Company was set ip and operated until the end of the 20th century. Currently, the premises house the National Visual Arts Centre.
Two years after its first edition, Muros Tabacalera holds a new one: Urban Natures. This year urban_art pieces revolve around the concept of Urban Natures. The aim is to reflect on the nature of contemporary cities, the ways of life in them and the type of society they embrace, as well as the hostility they exert upon people, pollution problems and lack of natural spaces. Muros-Tabacalera seeks to change this situation from a metaphorical perspective through art pieces that substitute grey cement for nature.
However, this can be controversial since some people may claim that when your issue is the environment, art works using chemical paint sprays can defeat the aimed message. I´ll go back on the enviroment and Street art in a future post.
The artists participating in this Street_Art festival have created their art pieces directly on Tabacalera walls for the joy of neighbours and visitors.