As is the case in other large capitals, urban art is on the rise in Valencia. Celebrated local and foreign artists have turned the walls of the Carmen, Ruzafa and Cabañal districts into their creative space, presenting their works for public perusal and embellishing facades with protest pieces or expressions of the most avant-garde art.
Such art represents one of the latest tourist draws, and numbers on guided tours are on the increase. Blu, Hyuro, Julieta, Escif, Deih, Limón, Lool and Luis Lonjedo number amongst the authors of these murals, which in certain cases are short-lived. Shall we talk a stroll? With defenders and detractors, street art is a growing phenomenon in large cities. Valencia has not remained untouched by this trend and in the streets of the Carmen, Mercat and Velluters districts, art has moved beyond the confines of museums and galleries to embellish old facades, make social comment or invite passers-by to reflect. In the words of Jaume Gómez, doctor of History of Art and street art specialist, it is “art for art’s sake”, works that are carried out in a short space of time, many involving a high degree of technical complexity.
To take in the highest concentration, we recommend the old quarter, the Ciutat Vella, where traditional graffiti and new trends within urban art are most prolific, featuring the works of local and international artists such as Julieta, Lolo, Limón, Felipe Pantone, Blu, Hyuro, Erica Il Cane, Fasim and Deih. However, interesting expressions of street art can also be seen in Ruzafa, Cabanyal and other districts. A good place to commence the itinerary is Tapinería, before heading towards the Plaza de Nápoles y Sicilia, where a small batman hangs from one of the window ledges. There are also interesting works along Calle del Tosalet and Calle Concordia and in Calle Portal de la Valldigna y Salinas. Next to Plaza del Tossal (Plaza de l’Espart y Calderers) attention should be drawn to Fasim’s mural paying homage to the victims of war; the works of Limón and Disneylexya; Escif’s car falling off a rooftop; or Blu’s immense Moses, which represents a criticism of the religion of money. Plaza Tavernes de la Valldigna, featuring Lool’s typical cats, Deih’s mummy containing the universe, and Erica Il Cane’s facade with snails leading a horse, represents another interesting stop.
A good option is to continue the route by taking in the plot of land next to Carrer de Dalt, calling for “a living neighbourhood”, before taking in Carrer de Baix y Pintor Fillol, where magnificent works by Julieta can be contemplated. The finishing touch can be found along Calle Na Jordana and the adjacent streets, where artistic expression is abundant. A number of artists who normally work on canvases have left their mark on the walls of the Carmen Centre or Calle Moret, next to the museum. The latter is known as the “street of colours”, featuring an interesting project organised by Alfonso Calza, where artists such as Deih or Lonjedo have made spectacular interpretations of Calza’s photographs on the walls.
Turiart is already offering guided tours and the service is increasingly more popular, unveiling the secrets of a creative, bohemian and socially engaged world that is often short-lived and clandestine. It is a universe that remains undiscovered for the majority that attempts to embellish spaces that have become dilapidated and provide motives for reflection