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I decided to take advantage of the weeklong Easter holiday break (known here as Setmana Santa, or Holy Week) to pick up my camera and capture some images that I’ve been passing twice a week since the end of September. All of these images come from a wall which runs along the rail tracks near the Castelldefels station. I had passed the image of the frost king every Monday and Wednesday before entering the underpass on my way back to Barcelona and have been meaning to take the time to photograph it.
To my surprise, the murals stretch on for nearly 200 meters (my non-metric brain estimate) until the wall ends at some type of power substation. There are a number of tags in this gallery, which I generally don’t include on this blog. these, however are quite well done and are an important part of the overall mural, so not including them didn’t seem right to me

EmPPire Strikes Back

The title of this post is a translation of the text in this image, found on the electrical box at the doorway of the secondary school here in Gràcia. Why the double “P” you may ask? Well, the initials PP tend to provoke strong opinions, especially here in Catalonia, and mostly negative. And it’s not the PP as in “past participle” whose many irregular forms are the bane of many of my students’ existence. The PP here stands for the Partido Popular, the centre-right party which currently enjoys an absolute majority in the Spanish Parliament. They also happen to be the political party which is dead set against Catalonia gaining any more autonomy than it already has, hence this image of the Dark Imperial Leader himself. It seems this stencil is from the JERC, or the Republican Youth of Catalunya.

Ghandi bombing....peace!

With his special brand of explosive under his arm and his “Bombing Peace” sweatshirt, this casual, but always non-threatening Ghandi can be found on a side street just off the Portal de l’angel, going toward the Rambla. It was a nice surprise to find a discreet little piece like this nestled between the the epicentres of tourism (the Rambla) and shopping (Portal) acting as a quick, refreshing artistic oasis in the desert of relentless consumerism that is the Barcelona city centre. If only just a few of us can unglue ourselves from the smartphone screen long enough to appreciate this peaceful ticking time bomb, his efforts won’t be in vain. I hope he makes it to Christmas shopping season, when he’ll be needed most.