Palma de Mallorca and Urban Art
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If you’re thinking about a trip to Mallorca and you like art. Mallorca is a must-see for you. Mallorca is much more than sun and sand. The island has a special connection to urban art that means you can enjoy works of art while strolling around the city. It’s lovely when urban art fills the streets of a city to the delight of locals and tourists alike.
Urban art in Palma de Mallorca has transformed the streets of its suburbs as much as it has the city itself. Artists have expressed their art on walls, streets and buildings to create a city that is more alive and connected to its inhabitants. Urban art is art that is expressed in the urban landscape and includes murals, paper maché, stickers, mosaics, ceramics, graffiti and much more.
Urban art in Palma
Palma de Mallorca is home to a multitude of artistic expressions in the field of urban art. It’s true that urban art once only referred to endeavours by artists creating their work without permission or commission. However, this is changing in a way that offers opportunities to these creators and also avoids creations that fall beyond the boundaries of legality.
You have no doubt read about, heard of or seen some of the works by the most famous urban artists in the world, such as D*Face, Shepard Fairey, Vhils, SpaceInvader and Banksy. You will also find such artists in Mallorca and we recommend remembering their names. We suggest you take a stroll around the city and get to know the renowned artists who have a place on its streets.
From the moment you arrive at the port or airport, we recommend you experience the history of the island through its streets and people. Through all the paintings and artwork that, little by little, reveal Mallorcan culture. A combination of modernity and tradition.
There are a number of different routes for you to explore and discover the urban art to be found in Palma de Mallorca. The suburb of Son Gotleu is home to a wall with graffiti by urban artists from the 1990s, there is a mural on the façade of the CEIP Es Pont by Marc Peris ‘SOMA’ and there are works by Joan Aguiló all over the island.
The streets of Palma contain numerous artistic expressions that can be seen in public spaces throughout the city. Here are a few examples you can see for yourself:
Carolina Adán Caro: If you walk around the streets of the old town, you will definitely come across the expression “Art is Life” on the walls. According to the artist, what she intended to capture is a second of the time of whoever stops to look, a playful expression of colour that serves as a language through emotion and faces. There is also much more to discover in the streets, such as “Recuerdos de infancia” on the walls of the Kiosko Alaska or “Pool” at s’Aigo Dolça swimming pool. We challenge you to explore the streets in search of all the “Art is Life” paintings.
SOMA: he is one of the artists with the most artworks on the streets of Palma. If you are walking around the streets of the old town, decide to lose yourself in any of its districts and take a good look, you will definitely find some of his work. For example, he is famous for his painting of a fox with two people fishing for books above him in Son Espanyolet and the mermaid in El Molinar. However, he is also known for his large-scale works, such as the pink whale he painted on the façade of the CEIP Es Pont, in Son Gotleu. It should be pointed out that some of the works by this artist have disappeared from the city streets due to building work or renovations. We recommend taking a look at the artist’s Instagram to see everything he has done.
Joan Aguiló: He is one of the artists of the moment in Mallorca and is probably the artist who has been commissioned to create the most works in recent years. His large-scale murals make his works unique and impressive. They include a work on the façade of the Sóller train station, another on the façade of the Banc de Sang de Palma, the daisies in the Parc de la Riera and his mural inside the Mercat de l’Olivar.
Andrea Moretto: This artist has won over everyone who lives in the Santa Catalina district of Palma. She has drawn an immense mural depicting the entire district of Santa Catalina on one of its walls. It can be found on the wall opposite the parish church of Sant Magí. Local residents can find their houses on the map and tourists can find the landmark spots in the area.
The Palma Jove association developed a digital map of the city’s urban art in 2016 with the intention of creating a small guide to urban art, highlighting its value in the area. The goal was to represent the fundamental nature of the culture, city and essence of Palma. Here is the Map so you can organise your own day exploring the art to be found in the city streets.
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