Kob Tropikal Interview about his project «Union« 18-03-2021

Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: «Union»

Location : Tenerife, Spain

Year : 2020

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?

This wall, although at first it is not a transformation of the space, it will change a lot the attitude of walkers and businesses in the area because without this painting you would only see an abandoned land and the wall of the building.

Kob Tropikal- «Union» – @kobtropikal – https://www.instagram.com/kobtropikal/

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?

In this case it was through an open-air museum that the town hall of the municipality of Los Realejos in Tenerife is fully legal.

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?

With this mural I want to communicate the importance of hugs and union, especially in this last year.

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?

Well, I think fine, hahaha, the neighbors invited me to coffee.

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

In my case everything depends on the Project, there are some in which they can participate, but in others where it would not be possible.

Kob Tropikal- «Union» – @kobtropikal – https://www.instagram.com/kobtropikal/

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 don’t really know… I have doubts about it.

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?

Everything has its deteriorated in life, but I think they could have better maintenance as far as possible.

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

I think that for anyone who passes by a mural it must already be satisfying to see that empty spaces are used to create art.

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

None, well maybe a little the terrain that was not good for the machine.

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

It is not the same to grow seeing that it is possible to do than to grow between gray walls. This year I hope to have time to work more in the studio and to continue sharing my world around the world.

Kob Tropikal- «Union» – @kobtropikal – https://www.instagram.com/kobtropikal/

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


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