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Another (accidental?) collage

This image comes from my most recent trip through the Raval-Ciutat Vella and includes a stencil by artist SM 172, a regular on this blog. Above we can also find two images which bear a striking resemblance to the famous 60s-70s model, Twiggy. Not sure if it’s actually her, but it certainly did bring back memories of my very early childhood when she was considered the (extremely skinny) peak of feminine beauty. Finally, a red, stenciled hand (or splotch?) seems to punctuate the entire scene pointing to something just off frame, as Twiggy stares up and off into the sky, which is quite difficult to see from these narrow Raval side streets…

Eyes up and forward

There are numerous ways to get from the buzz of downtown Barcelona to the small-town charm of Gràcia, but one of my favorites is the Carrer Riera de San Miquel, which starts at one of Barcelona’s busiest crossings, Avinguda Diagonal and the glitzy Passeig de Gràcia, and winds its way up, ending at the famous Travessera de Gràcia. It also runs parallel to the wider and  more well-known Gran de Gràcia, and for this reason is quite easy to miss. Even easier to miss was this piece from C215, which is on the street-facing side of an electrical box, partially blocked by the metal support structure protecting it from errant drivers who go a little too fast on this street’s narrow curves. Car-damaged electrical boxes are an everyday sight in Barcelona, along with the resulting chaos if that box contains control switches for nearby traffic signals. This box seems to have fared pretty well so far. Could this vigilant face be watching out for it?

Love on one side, the tree in between

This was a small stenciled image on a well-hidden doorway somewhere in the labyrinth that’s the old city centre of Barcelona. These modest silhouettes, who are just the slightly fatter, faceless cousins of stick figures are the stuff of bathroom doors and warning signs round the world. It’s nice to see that someone’s decided to throw a bit of love into the mix, despite the shadow of the evergreen obstacle.

Eyes blacked out on the magazine

When I first saw and took the photo of this image months ago, my first interpretation was that it was some type of statement about being blind, and because it was stenciled on a page from a magazine (in German, no less) that itwas also making a statement of print media’s effect on its readers. However, I think that this is referring to the practice of blacking out the eyes of people in photos. I’ve always found this a strange practice. After all, if someone has other distinguishing facial features, surely he/she will be recognized. Or maybe not.
And has the magazine-canvas simply been used to increase visibility on an over-painted surface, or is there some deeper meaning?

Searching for crumbs

These ants seem to be climbing the letters in search of some crumbs…