Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Open Spaces

Galería Abierta is a unique gallery located alongside a side street in a busy market district of Barcelona. In June of this year, the geniuses behind the 2006 Difusor project petitioned the city government to tranform a series of 34 street-level spaces, once reserved for advertising, into rotating canvases for graffiti artists. The Galería Abierta, or "Open Gallery" completely transformed the wall enclosing the Parc de les Aigües into an exhibition space open 24-7, 365 days a year. The 2×4m frames are open to anyone, and the organizers simply ask that aspiring painters fill in a simple online form. The panels vary in quality - some are intensely beautiful and well designed, while others are distinctly amateurish - but the fluid nature of the gallery means it will always merit a repeat visit.

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