Festival Constructo provides murals throughout Mexico City

April 24, 2017
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With 4,500 cans of spray paint and at least 150 buckets, the Festival Constructo seeks to provide urban art by painting murals throughout Mexico City. Currently the festival has at least 45 murals of social and reflective themes throughout the capital.

The project began in 2014 to bring together Latin American mural artists who reflect through urban art themes, leading passers-by to reflect on art and social issues. Some paintings of environmental care, animals, and issues related to social problems in Latin America can be seen on the walls of Mexico City.

The director of Festival Constructo, an organization that seeks to gather spaces and artists to beautify public spaces in the Mexican capital, Edgar Hernandez, explained that in total there have been 60 murals, of which about 45 remain.

For three years the project has been growing and at present some walls of the Faculty of Political Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) are dressed in colors of muralists interested in exposing their work for the benefit of the public.

Participation includes artists from Latin America, with artists from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico. Nevertheless, the brushes of Spanish, Canadian and French artists have been added, which, according to the director, enriches the murals by translating realities from different perspectives.

“We have a mission to translate art on the streets but with a positive and almost reflective speech, no denunciation or contestation, so that people can appreciate art.”

Artists seek to reflect the reality not only of the countries from which they come, but also reflect the main concerns of the region, which are generally very similar.

As for the locations of these walls, certain routes are drawn around the Arca Gallery, a space that gave birth to the Festival, so there are samples of urban art in the colony Doctors, Rome, Condesa and on the avenues Insurgents, Revolution and in Parque Lira, as well as in the park of Popotla.

“We make a route and look for real estate, we contact the owners and we present the project, the only thing they have to do (the owners), is lend us their wall for us to leave a mural there, he does not have to do anything, we do all the management of permits, in short the whole logistics,” said the director.

The realization of a mural is determined by a series of variables; if it will be painted from scaffolding, stairs or cranes, as well as the magnitude of the mural. A festival of the type also requires about half a million pesos, an amount that is obtained from sponsors.

Many sponsors of Festival Constructo are interested in participating with causes that have the subject of social responsibility, in social causes. The Ministry of Culture of Mexico City helps with lodging for artists, as well as food and scaffolds, among other requirements.

The average time taken to complete a mural in this festival is around nine days and their work is remunerated by a symbolic payment, because it is a matter of giving urban art to the citizens.

The time of completion of the murals is determined by a number of factors. The degree of complexity of the work, the materials to be used, as well as the tools required, such as scaffolding, ladders and cranes.

“What we hope for in the future is to make society aware of what art is, that people can enjoy art without having to enter a museum or gallery”.

In addition, Festival Constructo seeks to reverse in some way the visual impact of advertising posters and billboards installed in Mexico City, so that people walking can pause and appreciate art, change lives, and make Mexico a great art gallery in the streets.

This type of project also aims to generate a tourist attraction, Mexico is in the process of becoming a reference for urban art, so tourists come to appreciate the street art.

Current artists are very diverse, those who began to paint walls as graffiti to those who have a specialized academic training.

Urban graphics are getting richer with styles that take mergers from other countries, including pre-Hispanic Mexico but with current elements, close to the mind’s and heart’s of today’s youth.





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