The Wall Lab La Model was held on the 8th and 9th of October on the walls of Carrer Rosselló with the participation of the artists Gemma Fontanals, Pep Walls, Noble and Pol Pintó. This action was part of the repertoire of activities carried out during the months of September, October and November to celebrate Rebobinart’s 10th anniversary.
This Wall Lab, promoted by Wallspot and produced by Rebobinart, took place on the walls of the former prison of Barcelona (in Carrer Rosselló): a space that accumulates inseparable stories and memories from the collective imaginary of the city. However, for Rebobinart it was the core of the last edition of the Ús Barcelona festival (2018) and, this year, the stage for reflecting on the 10 years of the entity and on the conflicts and tensions between urban art, public space and the agents involved.
This intervention is yet another attempt, over the last few years, to re-signify this space in an attempt to adapt it to the new needs of the neighbourhood and revitalise it. To this end, four artists have been chosen to intervene with four designs on a free theme, each of them taking us into their own unique and non-transferable world:
It was a very intense and satisfying day, both for the artists involved and for the people of the neighbourhood, as it was an opportunity to weave links between professionals and also with the public. Neighbours stopped to contemplate the artistic process and took the opportunity to talk about the murals with the authors themselves and share experiences inevitably marked by the coexistence with the old prison.
Wall Lab aims to be an initiative with an impact for the city’s resident artists, as it aims to offer spaces in which to execute works that will last from half a year to a year and to provide spaces where they can develop their artistic projects and gain visibility, while at the same time contributing a grain of sand to the professionalisation of urban art.