For the first time in the city, and within the framework of the Brussels Days project, the internationally renowned Belgian artist Jaune has created a large intervention in Madrid’s public space. An over 20 meters long mural, it pays tribute to the workers who keep the world going, while also highlighting the -revolutionary- right everyone (including workers) have to leisure and rest. The work is full of details, impeccably executed using the stencil technique, and depicts facades and architectural elements typical of Brussels, but organized in the style of Madrid.
The hallmark of Jaune’s artwork are workers. These characters, individually or as a group, wear their characteristic uniforms with fluorine vests and star in scenes in which they do not work, but interact with the context of the wall and stage moments of leisure, enjoyment and rest, always with a touch of satire and humor.
The mural pays tribute to the workers who keep the world functioning, who have been represented exercising their right to leisure.
Balconies, railings, pipes, ventilation systems, lampposts, flowerpots and natural urban elements have been appearing little by little throughout more than a week of work, combined with a subtle tribute to some of the city’s emblematic traditional venues, some of them recently disappeared, such as La Chilostra or El Palentino.
Jaune’s intervention for the occasion requires time to observe and enjoy all the details, which may go unnoticed to the naked eye. Jaune always talks about the paradox between the visible and the invisible that prevails in his work: despite working in the public space, in our daily life, making our daily life better, and wearing their striking uniforms, these workers are not socially valued or given the attention they deserve.
The work created by Jaune, which was inaugurated on Tuesday 19th in the presence of the Minister President of the Government of the Brussels Region and the Ambassador of Belgium in Spain, was painted on a wall of the trade union school Julian Besteiro, belonging to the UGT and located in the Avenida de Bruselas in Madrid.
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Source: Madrid Street Art Project
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