It’s not every day that you have an 800th anniversary.
Bringing monumental aesthetics, theologic references, and the language of classical architecture to this massive wall at Calle Fernán González, 52, the French duo MonkeyBird celebrates the Burgos Cathedral in grand style. Louis Boidron and Edouard Egea say they worked painstakingly to prepare their tribute to the original workers and artisans who first built the Gothic and Baroque-styled Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984.
With gradually larger and complex works in the years since they first met in Bordeaux, the street art duo have here shown their academic understanding matches their technical wizardry, and rich appreciation for the interiors crafted over many years. By bringing this cultural wealth into the public sphere, Monkeybird once again shares with everyone who walks by an overwhelming sense of the history and the creative spirit alive. They call the new mural work “L’ouvreur de chemins” (or The Opener of Pathways).
“Our intention was to offer an effect of complex depth and monumentalism,” they say, “combining some of the most spectacular references of the temple, such as the main altarpiece, with its many details, the Golden Staircase, or the circular oculus in the center of Santa María façade.”
You’ll agree they have succeeded in accomplishing their intention. Gazing upward at the soaring work in the presence of the feted cathedral, the sense of the devotion to higher ideals and the potential of humankind may even be evoked; a tall order not easily accomplished.
StARTer Proyectos Culturales, an independent cultural
organization just finished a collaboration of two artists in the plaza, and you
can almost here the voices of the women whose memories they evoked.
A unique project that brought the images of women playing a local game similar to bowling to the frontages of Plaza San Nicolas, the combined talents of Street Artists Nespoon and Regue Fernández brings back images of people who lived here in this northern Spanish town of Belorado, population 2,100.
“This square was a place where local women played bowling,” says the Polish Nespoon. “I found and painted local lace motifs and Regue created the figures of the local women based on old photos he found from the city’s newspaper.”
Conceived and led by curator Estela Rojo and Fernández, the
project is meant to address the presence of women in public space; and the
heavy attendance at the opening here, it looks like it was a success.
“Many people came to the opening of the square to see the new décor,” Nespoon says, describing the large crowd gathered to watch women playing the game and to see the new artworks. “There was a lot of joy, laughter and fun.”