«SOS Cabezos» by WILD WELVA

Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: “SOS Cabezos”

Location: Huelva, Spain

Year: 2018

1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?

As I am more interested in urban space metamorphosis than creating a regular mural, I could say that most of my works transform the space where they are placed in. Maybe “SOS Cabezos” is a good example of it, not only becouse it fits with the space where the piece is pasted up (a wall of an old house that was build almost into a mountain as a cave) but also becouse of the wild look of the spot and the meaning of the whole.

This concrete natural spot is located in the heart of my city. We are talking about “Cabezos”, a kind of solidified sand mountains; a very interesting, unique and wild geographic accident that is full of life. We used to have many in the city but they are disappearing little by little.

2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?

As I said before, these unique places in my town are now in danger because of the near construction of high and new buildings. I wanted to remind all the citizens of the city how important theses natural structures are and the necessity of taking care of them instead of destroy them and building new and ugly buildings.

It was not a commission, I found the wall some years ago and I just fall in love with it. It was really dirty and full of tags and rubbish. I cleaned it up and did my art there. It was illegal but I did it at daytime. Many people came while I was working to say thank you for what I was doing. Now it is a new place full of life where people go to take a picture with the wolf in the cave.

SOS Cabezos 🌿 🐺 🌿 #CabezoDeMundaka#Huelva #Spain | Photo provided by Wild Welva

3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?

I just wanted to say aloud: “Hey, we need to protect our Cabezos, they are unique and cool places”.

4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?

As you can see the piece fits perfect with the space. It looks like the wolf is resting into the cave. All neighbors around this particular “Cabezo” came to say thank you for cleaning and giving a new life to this forgotten place. They used to say that I was doing what the town hall should be doing.

SOS Cabezos 🌿 🐺 🌿 #CabezoDeMundaka#Huelva #Spain | Photo provided by Wild Welva

5- Do you think it is important that the inhabitants of the place participate during the production of your work and that they become modifying artists of the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?

I am not a regular street artist who work in the wall, I spent many hours in the studio on my own. Once the piece is finished I do the guerrilla street with my partner in crime Raúl Molín. It is a very difficult and fast work in the street, so we do it in a few hours, take pictures and we leave. There is not meny time to integrate people.

6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?

I think the point is that I create the piece once I have the spot. So I try to figure out what could really fit in it. And I love beauty, so I always try to do beautiful things in my life. I also think that a piece of art that is going to be public should be nice, beautiful and critical at the same time. In this way people first like it, then it make then think.

7- What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?

As we know, all street works are ephemeral, so even more it is my work due to the fact that it is made on paper. I put some kind of varnish to make it resistant to water and sun and it works for two or three years. I am very father like with my works, so I try to preserve and repaint it sometimes but I have to assume that it has to age, change and live with the city. I am still learning how to do it.

8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?

I normally choose really damaged and forgotten places, so the change is always better. I allways say that I use Street Art as an urban regenerator.

9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?

I didn´t find many difficulties in this way. I worked on it from the very first piece I did. I put an emphasis on it and it worked.

10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?

I think that public art has allways been a great way to modify and create a better and more confortable and nice public space. This is happening since the rise of the human civilization. Art makes us more human.

Talking about the future, we all now how incertain the future is right now. I had many festivals and event for 2020 that had been cancelled or posponed.

Althoug I am still working in some projects that will come out soon.

SOS Cabezos 🌿 🐺 🌿 #CabezoDeMundaka#Huelva #Spain | Photo provided by Wild Welva

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Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.

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