BLU re-creates his mural from 2009 and gives the neighborhood of Carmel, in Barcelona, Spain reasons to be overwhelmed with joy.
The internationally known and respected muralist, street artist, and activist, Italian painter BLU worked intensely for one month with the producer, B-Murals to recreate this 70 meter mural (about 230 feet). The new Tauró del Carmel neighborhood mural is on the same wall and street where he had painted the original back in 2009 on calle Santuari.
It is a series of sharks, the first one pure capitalism, the second the bastardized evil form of war profiteering that currently rules the nation, the third the impact of both on the body politic, the institutions, the formation of society, and the impact on the ecology. Blu retains integrity throughout, and this neighborhood appears rejuvenated.
When the original mural had to be painted over by the municipality in 2001 for safety reasons due to the wall being in bad shape, the residents in the neighborhood were in disbelief when they found out that they had not only lost a monumental piece of art but also a well known and loved landmark instantly recognized by the locals as a point of reference, for directions or simply on a mutually agreed meeting spot.
Working together with the community, local authorities, and B-Murals, BLU began working on this project with purpose and intensity with the idea of giving his new Shark an interpretation that is both current, timely and of time.
As a starting point, BLU kept the original design, the shark with the Euro bill, a commentary on capitalism run amok, greed, banks and corporations ever hungry for more profits at any cost. From there, he proceeded to paint a colossal story with images about the most urgent, pressing and, topical issues affecting our world today: Wars, the military-industrial complex, the environment, the intensity of natural disasters made more dangerous and devastating by global warming, and the imminent dislocation of entire societies due to the degeneration of natural habitats and the lack of natural resources for these communities to continue living in their lands.
With this new mural by BLU, and many others produced by B-Murals under the Carmel Mossega Project, and in conjunction with the municipal authorities, the residents of Carmel will again find their attachment to this piece of art; they know that it belongs to them as all street art should be for the people.
An Initiative of: Dte. d’Horta-Guinardó i Pla de Barris
Design and production: Difusor / B-Murals
Artist/Muralist: Blu (@bluwalls)
B-Murlas wishes to extend a special shout-out of gratitude to their production assistant for this project: Julián Manzelli (@chudoma)