SpY is an urban artist from Madrid, his first urban performances date back to the mid-eighties. Shortly after, already a national reference as a graffiti artist, he started to explore other forms of artistic communication in the street: his work consists of taking over urban elements by means of transformation or replica, the commentary on urban reality and the interference in his communicative codes.
The bulk of his production stems from the observation of the city and an appreciation of its components not as inert elements, but as a palette of materials overflowing with possibilities. SpY’s pieces want to be a parenthesis in the automated inertia of the urbanite.
Filled with equal parts of irony and positive humor, SpY’s installations appear to raise a smile, incite reflection, and to favor an enlightened conscience. Some of them are real collaborative projects, such as Crisis and Democracy: two projects in which the urban dweller is called to act, in order to realize the installation/performance and participate in the work of art.
Below this gallery you will find his latest project, Cesped (GRASS Plaza Mayor).
The main idea of Cesped is as simple as recognizable. It consists of a 70 meter natural grass circle (3500 square meters in total) located in the center of the Plaza Mayor, Madrid, commemorating its 4th centenary.
Both locals and tourists were immediately surprised by the decontextualisation of the Plaza and over 100 thousand people enjoyed this artistic offer. “The revitalization of this public space pretends to involve pedestrians with their own city. This type of artistic work turns the table making the citizens turn into the artists and vice-versa; it also passes the floor to surprise, to encounter and invites to reflection. In other words, it openly shares the benefit of art with the whole public.” Other cities, such as Paris, New York and Moscow, have already shown their interest to feel the same experience.
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