Again, I will share with you some secrets about my works.
I am going to tell you the story behind "a path that changed everything", the work I did in Madrid with the active help of the residents of the neighborhood of Hortaleza. We started with two very different designs, the neighbors voted and chose the one you already know. I show you here the other, who never moved to the wall, although almost almost, there was a tie between the two.
This neighborhood began as a small town away from the center of the city, and today is a district where more than 180,000 people live, so there is a very intense story behind its development.
In my mural I represented some key situations.
In this neighborhood there was a main avenue that united him with Madrid. This road was smashed to pieces, with hundreds of holes and potholes, so many that when it rained, in a specific area formed what is known as "the lagoon", where no means of transportation could cross. Even the great drawer Borges moved this situation to one of his famous cartoons. Such was the indignation and the transforming force of its neighbors that hundreds of them came together to begin a protest march crossing this road towards the center of the city. As they walked, workers who saw what was happening left their place, housewives came down in their pajamas and children took their soccer ball under their arms, all to join the rest. Finally a mass of more than 1,000 people finished the march, considered thus the first manifestation of l democracy in Madrid.
The legs of my mural represent that walk of all the neighbors in the same direction. In fact the mural is located in the area where that old road was and of course the legs that I painted are oriented in the direction where these people really walked.
Another important part of the mural represents, in fact, an old mural. In the 70s an initiative of the state was going to tear down an area of housing in the neighborhood in order to build a highway. The response of the neighbors in this case was through art. The artist Arcadio Blasco, who was living in the neighborhood at that time, led a great initiative.
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