In their first art intervention in the city of Barcelona, Valencia-based PichiAvo just painted a large mural in the facade of the student residence Livensa Living Diagonal Alto of Temprano Capital Partners, designed by the Portuguese architect José Quintela da Fonseca.
The artistic street art duo has designed an artwork that shows a very particular version of Pallas Athena’s sculpture in the Austrian Parliament, in Vienna.
In this mural, the artists have showed again their incomparable style in deconstructing the purest classic art iconography through the incorporation of urban expressions. Despite not being a contemporary figure, Athena has become a key figure in the collective imaginary of our civilisation. Being a representative character of diverse feminist schools of thought, this goddess represents the warrior, protector, wise and independent woman.
PichiAvo have highlighted in several occasions that one of the main goals of their works is to provoke any kind of reaction to the spectators. Therefore, this Pallas Athena artwork in a 25m height mural aims to enhance those attributes embodied under her name to throw a unifying message in support of the women empowerment as producers of knowledge, fighters, intelligent, emancipated and, above all, free. Moreover, just as the representation of Athena in several European Parliaments depict protection to citizens and territories, PichiAvo frames here the goddess’ figure as the protector and guardian of the city of Esplugues de Llobregat and, more explicitly, of the students who will inhabit Livensa Living Diagonal Alto Barcelona.
Through this intervention in Livensa Living Diagonal Alto, PichiAvo confirms again that the beauty of classical art it’s not their central focus but to disaggregate those symbols through a contemporary and transgressive aesthetic in order to construct new conceptual lectures and communicate fundamental values and concepts within our society.
PichiAvo are a Spanish street art duo that came together in 2007. They use mixture of techniques like spray paints, collages, oil and acrylic paints, gold leafs creating artwork that was never before merged with such a beautiful aesthetics.