A year ago we were working in Gagalingin, a slum in the north of Manila, Philippines. Here’s a short documentary of our project there:
2 years ago we painted 16 different words on 16 different houses. This time the people of Mariscal Sucre chose one word for us to paint on 16 houses.
“Peace” is a word that everyone here agrees with, whether it be in the neighbourhood itself, or in the rest of Bogota, on the other side of the ring road.
We chose the bridge that crosses the ring road as the point of view to see the whole mural. This bridge links the community with the rest of Bogota and hundreds of people walk across it each day. Hopefully people from other parts of the city will also want to stand on the bridge to look at the art, and even cross the bridge to visit an isolated yet very warm community.
Thanks to everyone who helped us make this possible and special thanks to the Universidad de la Javeriana and its volunteers.
We’ve been laying colours with the help of locals and volunteers from the Javeriana university.
Isabel was murdered by her stepfather a year ago. He slit her throat just a few streets awayand she died on the spot. Her Mum wanted us to paint her name on the front of her house, so that in a way, Isabel stays with them, in Mariscal Sucre. Many people thanked us for this mural, telling us that Isabel was a very paopular and respected person in the neighbourhood. Her death was a very difficult time for the whole community.
Don Pablo is the leader of Mariscal Sucre. He was elected by the inhabitants as the president of the “junta”. He, and Teresa, the other leader, made sure we were safe and that everything was going well for us on our project. He asked us to paint on his house, but it took him a couple of weeks to find the right word. In the end he chose “Honestidad” (Honesty), and explained it was the most importat things in life, especially for a leader.