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Sidewise glance

My neighborhood of Gràcia, or la Vila de Gràcia as it’s officially known isn’t exactly the epicenter of Barcelona’s vibrant street art culture. But when you find an image, usually on the side of an electrical box on a side street, what you’ll find is usually a gem. This image is a perfect example, and comes from one of my favorite artists, c215. I especially like this woman’s glance, sidewise, as I’ve suggested in the title, with a special emphasis on the “wise”. I think this one is still around and can be found very close to the Plaça de Vila de Gràcia (the one with the big clock tower in the center). What does she know that we don’t?

Poblenou, the new village

Today I decided to check out the neighborhood of Poblenou (literally, New Village). Once known as the Catalan Manchester, Poblenou boasts a number of old factories surrounded by a small cluster of buildings nearby. These buildings make up a labyrinthine mini-town, a stark contrast to the rest of L’Eixample with its large cornerless city block structure. Within the residential areas I didn’t find very much in the way of art, though it seems the neighborhood was either getting ready for or cleaning up after their summer festival.
As I hit the fringes of the small, squat homes, I found a series of gardens where old factories once stood, only a few crumbling walls remained. It was on these walls where I found some fantastic, colorful images, some partially eaten away or covered. The image presented here was found on a small side street near some factories which have been converted into offices or design studios. I look forward to taking more time to see what else lies hidden in this delicious example of urban decay.

This almost reminds me of the Mouth of Truth in Rome.


The true beauty in this image is its black and white simplicity. When I was younger my parents only had a small balck and white tv, and looking back on what I can recall of that time, the memories of tv are in color, as if my mind automatically colorized the programs for me.