Pastel for Milestone Project
Argentine artist Pastel (interviewed) was recently invited to paint a mural in Font de la Polvora, a neighborhood in Girona, Spain, as a guest of this year’s edition of Milestone Project. According to the artist, the community there uses public space as an extension of their homes, dedicated to family and meetings, where all activities happen – birds competitions, chatting, playing cards. Therefore, the identity of the site is very important as it is defined by the habits and traditions of a place shared by all and experienced together, in unity, although some may feel outcast.
As we saw with previous pieces, his interest in local identities as local jungles finds its visual expression in an imagery focused on the surrounding flora. In front of this wall there is a very thin river where wild plants grow and the animals drink water. Taking inspiration from this, the artist represents the community through its organic existence, the plants that are part of the neighborhood’s geography, and through a suggestive chromatic range that perfectly integrates in this distinct landscape. With his mural, Pastel creates the “Non-place of the periphery” to reflect the community’s structure, functions and way of life.
Images © Pastel