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Street Art Route Through Bilbao

The anonymous graffiti artists of Bilbao provide both locals and visitors with a creative, refreshing look at street art. But, scattered across the city you can also find a number of veritable street-art masterpieces. One such example is the stunning Puente La Salve Mural, painted in 2013, showcasing the theme of tolerance, peaceful coexistence, freedom and human rights.

Similarly, a mural entitled Futurismo primitivo (Primitive Futurism)– at Bilbao La Vieja, 29 – the work of the artist, Sixe, stands out on the facade of a building in Old Bilbao. Enthusiasts of street art are urged to see it for themselves, in addition to another piece, El fin justificado (The End Justified) – Urazurrutia, 58 – painted by Aryz, which features red skeletons on a concrete canvas. It is one of the best known examples of street art in Bilbao.

But, there is another unusual form of artistic expression in the city, known as the marcianitos pixelados (Pixelated Martians), by the French artist Space Invader. Dotted across various points in the city (the Arenal Bridge, Iturribide, Ronda Street…), these uncanny inhabitants formed part of the 2008 exhibition, Percepción [S]tencible –[S]tencible Perception – to which end some 40 mosaics were placed across the city. Although some have now been lost, most of them remain intact in the most unsuspecting spots.

Bilbao is also graced with several works by the Brazilian artist, Erb Mon. His pictorial expression leans heavily on geometry and a primitive-futuristic style with intense colouring and the liberal use of universal symbols and encrypted languages. If you fancy seeing one of his works, head for Aretxaga Street (on the corner of San Francisco Street), where you will come across his Eskerrik Asko. Erb Mon has also developed a manifestation of poetic Euskera in the form of murals typified by the use of the most austere colouring. In García Salaza street, for instance, you can admire a mural of his written in Basque entitled Bi(i)tsa, produced in collaboration with the literary creator, Amânturi.

Bilbao is a multi-faceted city which holds many surprises. Why wait to discover it? Check out our flights here.


Text by Tensi Sánchez of I Love Bilbao

Photos by Espacio Actitudes

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