«Wings that unite us» by FLIX

Evyrein Interview about his project «Wings that unite us»

Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Wings that unite us

Location : Marvila, Lisboa, Portugal

Year : 2017

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?

One of the most recent that I have done is called «Wings that unite us» that I did in a neighborhood called «Salgadas» located in the Marvila area, Lisbon in Portugal.
This piece came to transform the urban space as the way of living and relating to its environment to several of the people who live in the vicinity, since in addition to having generated an aesthetic and visual change of the elements of the environment, the active participation in The execution of the intervention by some of the neighbors, generated sensitivity, and a sense of belonging and pride on the part of the participants, since they are direct transformers of their reality.

«Wings that unite us» – Flix @flixrobotico https://www.instagram.com/flixrobotico/

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?

This piece was part of an artistic residency that was commissioned by GAU from the Lisbon city council, within the framework of an urban art festival called “MURO” 2017.
This piece can be considered as legal since it was commissioned by the city council that an official entity of the state.

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 piece I wanted to communicate the union of my country Venezuela with the country that invited me, Portugal. Since there are ties that unite us due to migrations of Portuguese to Venezuela during the 50s and 60s looking for better living conditions. This piece is represented by a large geometric background that covers the buildings, on which are two symbolic birds of each country that are in the air.

«Wings that unite us» – Flix @flixrobotico https://www.instagram.com/flixrobotico/

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?

This work was integrated into the urban space through the pictorial intervention of two blocks of small buildings.
The inhabitants first participated in a talk and a presentation where I told them a little about my work and my idea for the intervention. Then the inhabitants contributed their opinions and ideas, and spontaneously joined to participate in painting and creating.

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?

I think that it is very important that the inhabitants participate actively and are themselves the co-creators and transformers of their environment, since in addition to generating an aesthetic and visual change in their spaces, it will transform the way of living, feeling and relating to their environment This direct participation in the execution of the intervention by the neighbors, generates great sensitivity, a sense of belonging and pride in them.

«Wings that unite us» – Flix @flixrobotico https://www.instagram.com/flixrobotico/

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?

It is something very subjective, but I think that from my perception and point of view, when perceiving something new that was in the space that allows you to interact or breaks the monotony and makes you happy, amazes, even upset, or makes you think or reflect , I think it fulfilled its objective. I always try to generate works that according to my criteria look good aesthetically, but the perception of passers-by is also very diverse, and some may find it well done or not.

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?

I think that if the work contributes something positive to the environment and its inhabitants, it could be worth keeping it.
Sometimes it is very interesting to see how some works age in the city, since you can see the metamorphosis of the work and how it mutates over time and very interesting textures and tones can be generated that give another very beautiful vision construction site; like a living being that grows old and integrates into its habitat.

«Wings that unite us» – Flix @flixrobotico https://www.instagram.com/flixrobotico/

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

I think that by integrating new ideas, colors, shapes and elements that complement our daily lives in that constant transit through the city, and make us perceive different things.

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

Luckily I did not have many difficulties during the realization of my works in the urban space, of which they are spontaneous. And with reference to those that have been allowed, only with a neighbor of an area where the community participated, who at first saw me as a stranger and did not understand very well what I intended to do there in their community, but what with the passage of time we were integrating and everything flowed in harmony.

«Wings that unite us» – Flix @flixrobotico https://www.instagram.com/flixrobotico/

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 important as a powerful tool that not only serves to visually and aesthetically transform the environment, but also serves to communicate, raise awareness and transform the way of living and feeling the city for its inhabitants.

For this year I have planned to do 3 projects, two of which involve the direct participation of its inhabitants and that has me very excited, when it is in process I promise to send you photos and impressions of the people!

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

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