Canvassing public spaces in Puerto Vallarta with urban art and providing the entire city with artistic works, carried out by young local creators, is the objective of the project called #ReparaElError, promoted by the Municipal Government through the Vallartense Institute of Culture (IVC).
The initiative includes the canvassing of public spaces through graffitti, stencil and painting, in more than one hundred points distributed in the Center, the tourist strip and the colonies of the city, carried out clandestinely by urban artists: Kika, Yenci, Cepi, Dagas, Okter, Rivers, Asesor, Maltus, Trescatorce and Bastard.
#ReparaElError is an innovative and highly relevant project, as the idea is to provide a different aspect to public spaces that are in poor condition, as the IVC director Marina de los Santos pointed out at a press conference.
De Los Santos highlighted the support provided by the municipal president, Arturo Dávalos Peña, to the project, and the support and accompaniment of the participants by the Directorate of Public Safety and the Sub-Directorate of Roads, respectively.
The deputy director of the IVC, Arturo Israel Dávila, pointed out the interest that exists in the Institute to generate new dynamics in cultural projects, and that with the synergy of other artists, such as Ernesto Garrigós, it was possible to consolidate the paintings in different areas of Puerto Vallarta.
Garrigós, visual artist and project coordinator, explained the mechanics to approach urban artists, and the challenge of keeping the interventions secret. “You had to transform the spaces with few elements,” he said.
All works were made in a period of three consecutive nights, prior mapping of the areas to be canvased. The participating artists made their own stencils and adapted their art, according to the physical characteristics or “errors” found in each space.
Cepi, thanked the IVC for “giving wings” to continue growing in their creative processes and mentioned that what he liked most about the project was the part where he had to learn to organize, which he did not consider in his own methodology.
Dagas expressed the contribution of this project to his own work style and Yenci, one of the two women participants, said that for her the relevance was to bring people free art and “not having to go to a gallery to meet with work.”
Through the Canal del Puerto, the IVC is currently working on a map of the new works that will be available through social networks of the Institute and the Canal so that citizens can find the canvased areas and visit the city in different ways.