They paint over our face with graffiti
The street belongs to all of us and art is free for all and indeed, some improvisation never did anyone any harm. So, some weeks ago we decided to take the liberty of allowing our walls to be used by graffiti artists outside our emblematic store located at 76 Estafeta St. in Pamplona.
The two artists –Jedis and Sega- were let loose over the weekend to do as they wished with our blank front wall with the use of a spray –or to be more precise, with the use of a stack of different sprays. And, it must be said, they have certainly put some extra color to the mythical green facade that has always served as our mythical premises. The end result is a piece of graffiti that has given a whole new look to our store front.
Why did we allow them to paint our face like that? Well, basically, because we felt like doing it. The only thing we asked from the two artists was that they choose a theme that had something to do with the upcoming fiestas of Sanfermin, and maybe they could also include somewhere in the drawing, the figure of Mister Testis, our very own blue bull–as he gets decidedly put out if he is left out of the picture. Of course, they were also told to make sure the special countdown clock would still be in sight outside the store so that everyone can know how long more there is to go before the biggest fiestas of them all take off next month.
From the point of view of the graffiti artists, it was important to vindicate the right for urban art as an artistic expression and the street as a free space on which to lay out some new creative realities.
Our two urban artists began their work early on Saturday morning and all weekend saw them tirelessly laying on the spray, as street crowds gathered to watch the work in process take shape and form.
The Giants, the fencing from the Running of the Bulls, a photographer, bulls, runners, San Fermin who sees everything, and even some drunks who look very much the worse for wear and smelling of god knows what – and who certainly won’t take part in the bull running, judging from the look that the mustached policeman is giving them. All of this can be found in this piece of graffiti, which in this case, takes on a hybrid form with both the Kukuxumusu style as well as the original style of our two graffiti artists on show. To tell the truth, we are quite charmed with the final result.
Yesterday, at about 2 o’clock in the early morning hours, they added the final touches to the new creation and everything was ready and waiting for the morning sunshine to illuminate their work. There is still some free space that could be filled up on the side of the store that faces Espoz y Mina Street. If our two artists wish to continue their work, it is all theirs to do as they please. But that will be for another day. And we will let you know how it turns out when it happens.