Day four in Gainesville for the @352walls project. All urban equipment paintings I'm doing for the 352walls project are based on my ongoing reinterpretations of traditional portuguese tiles but, with a special extra flavour, Florida's fauna. Each painting is a small homage to one of the many animals found in the Sunshine State.
"I have recently discovered that in downtown Gainesville (Florida, USA), there was a building that had ancient portuguese tiles underneath it's thin layer of paint, my task was easy, I just had to scratch the paint on the surface and I quickly found something like azulejo tiles from Portugal where there all along. Different azulejo tiles, not so much traditional, but contemporary and composed by weird creatures. My discovery puzzled me more and more when I found out a layer that displayed these gators, aligned almost in a pattern style. What could it all mean? The mystery remains and I will continue to explore other locations."
Ok, so this is my mural for the @352walls project. This was the last part in a group of paintings and interventions I did throughout downtown, which I will be posting here next during the next days. It was such a pleasure to be a part of this amazing project curated by Iryna Kanishcheva (@gnv_urban_art) and coordinated by the City of Gainesville and @visitgainesville. A big thank you to Raquel, Russel, Stathe, Mary, John, Sean and Rachel.
And just one big big and final thank you to @waone_interesnikazki.
Photo by Iryna Kanishcheva.
I've been in Gainesville (FL) for the last two weeks, working in some interesting paintings for the @352walls project. Now it's time for new adventures... goodbye USA!
I'll be posting the final photos of all the paintings I've done here in the next days.
Action work in progress photo by Gainesville's local artist and "assistant extraordinaire" Rachel Sommer @likearollngstone.