It’s a wrap! Belo Horizonte hosted the first mural festival of its kind. It was very refreshing for Instagrafite to be part of such an amazing project, where one of the main points is that all the murals have a view point where they can be seen.
The work tells a classic fable of these two animals that are natural rivals. On receiving the invitation to paint in Cura, Thiago Mazza had the idea to portray this tale since the rooster and fox are also the mascots of the two main teams of the state of Minas Gerais. The work has a circular movement that makes reference to the yin-yang in which the opposites balance and without one another would not make sense..
From July 26th to August 6th CURA – Urban Art Circuit aimed to transform the landscape of BH, and they did! The importance of bringing art to other cities, bedsides Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro, to create community, bring the local people together and rescuing the trajectory of urban art in the city, as well recognizing the importance of the art in the streets, and its strength around the world.
Painting is a form of prayer for Priscilla. His work is always a request, a desire, a way of invoking, always in relation to the place where it is painted. Woman is empowered through power plants. The dracena in the left hand evokes strength. Lavender and rosemary, in the right hand, calm and joy. The marantas that finally are born in the head represent the beauty. That for Priscilla is love: strength, calm, joy and beauty. This is his desire for healing and for the city of Belo Horizonte.
CURA Invited five national and international artists with experience painting large-scale murals, the line-up was conformed by Thiago Mazza and Priscila Amoni, from Belo Horizonte; the Acidum Project from Fortaleza, formed by the artists Tereza Dequinta and Robézio Marqs; and the Spanish artist Marina Capdevilla that is visiting Brazil for the first time.
This mural is a representation of an important political movement that has been gaining strength in recent years in BH: the carnival. It is tradition in BH to sing the song “Carinhoso” by Pixinguinha to the grandparents who appear in the window when the carnival block passes under their house.
The murals took place on the blind side of four buildings in the center of BH, with 50 meters in height and 37 meters in width. The urban landscape was very specific, the selection of these walls was made from an architectonic point of view of the cityscape, because all four lateral sides will be simultaneously seen from Sapucaí street, creating the first street art viewpoint in the world.
Following the main purpose of the project, which is to transform Sapucaí Street into an effervescent cultural corridor and also take advantage of the urban landscape, the festival succeeded its first edition, and Instagrafite is very grateful to be part of it.
Tip figures are women the artists have termed “healers”. Wise women, with roots in the forest and with the power to energize everything they touch. The two central characters are being healed and in an acidic and vibrant atmosphere.
Here’s our visual recap, with images of the process and the final murals that now are part of the city and its people.