The city of Madrid has unveiled plans to transform a section of the city street wall into a ‘living city museum’ and has partnered with the artist and filmmaker Luis Barrios to create a film of his life and work.
The mural was installed by the Spanish city in 2015 in order to promote its tourism and make the area a more welcoming place for visitors.
Madrid is planning to turn the wall into an urban art project, creating an interactive, open-air gallery where visitors can take photographs of the wall as well as a cinema and restaurant.
In the film, Barrias will play a pivotal role in the city’s transformation and he will act as the ‘creative director’, creating a series of paintings and sculptures.
The artist and director, who lives in Madrid, is said to be the ‘most creative’ and ‘most prolific’ of his generation.
Barrios told Al Jazeera that the mural will open up the city and ‘make it more inviting for people to visit’ in the future.
“We are using a lot of natural elements, such as the sea, the hills, the trees and the river,” he said.
“So, the idea is to make it a living museum that will give a sense of space and time, so that it becomes a place for people.”
I have created this kind of museum in Madrid for two reasons, one, to give people a sense that this is a city and a place that is unique, a place with its own culture, and, two, to create an environment where I can express my creativity.”‘
Living city’ in Spanish cityMadrid’s project will include a cinema, café, restaurant and a cinema museum, with a focus on the city as a whole.
The project is described by Barriaz as a ‘bibliographical project’, a term which refers to the way in which books and records are kept and stored.
The installation will open on October 25 and will last for four weeks.
It is the second time the city has turned a section or part of the street wall for a public art project.
The city is currently working on a large-scale mural, which will open later this year.
The wall will be surrounded by a wooden fence, which was erected by a group of artists in order for it to be an ‘indoor living space’.
The wall, which spans more than three kilometres, is divided into four main sections, which form a triangle, which has been known as the Spanish triangle, as well the “Wall of the Dead”.
The project was funded by a Spanish government grant.