Josep Fernandez Margalef x Rice Create Connection: “Esperança” (Hope) in Barcelona

Today we go to Barcelona in Spain, where the country held a memorial ceremony July 16 to honor more than 28,000 people who have died there from COVID-19. This new mural contemplates what it means to be connected, and considers what it takes to have hope.

Utilizing the architectural barriers as metaphor for the obstacles to connection, artists Josep Fernandez Margalef and Rice created ‘Esperança’ (Hope) in the Granollers area of Barcelona.

“Even at a distance, hope acts as a power that can bring us closer to each other, helping us to  reach tomorrow. We honor connections, longing, and a feeling greater than ourselves when we are alone; love, friendship, and care all belong in this realm of being,” say the artists.

Josep Fernandez Margalef x Rice, ‘Esperança’. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Josep Fernandez Margalef)
Josep Fernandez Margalef x Rice, ‘Esperança’. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Josep Fernandez Margalef)
Josep Fernandez Margalef x Rice, ‘Esperança’. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Josep Fernandez Margalef)
Josep Fernandez Margalef x Rice, ‘Esperança’. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Josep Fernandez Margalef)
Josep Fernandez Margalef x Rice, ‘Esperança’. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Josep Fernandez Margalef)