MORE COLOR ON THE PLAYGROUND with Digo Diego
A school with a vision. Our first mural of the season is centered around one of our concepts “More Color on the Playground”. We were contacted by HHK/de Mozaïek to create a mural that would represent their core values in a bright and colorful whole.
We kicked of the season with Digo Diego. He is a Spanish designer, painter and urban artist with a multi-faceted background in projects that deal with school environments, urban art and interventions in multicultural societies throughout cities in Spain. For this mural, Diego explains the concept:
Education is a continual process throughout our entire lives. In this artwork, the development and evolution are being represented as a stem from a plant, and its growth is being determined by various factors that play in our youth and everything that comes after. The road we walk is exciting and challenging, and the end goal is somewhat like reaching the moon.
Going side by side with our educational career is the extremely diverse society we grow up in, being represented by multiple planes and roads that we choose ourselves. It does not matter which stairs, steps, slopes, doors or windows you will choose: for each one of them you are guided by the context that surrounds us… The whisper of a bird. Returning is the trademark of the artist: black characters with a typical facial expression. Their arms and legs are ever-changing, showing the emotion of what goes around in their environment. In this case these figures are the eternal representation of pupils and students.
The artist based his design on seven keywords that were given by the school council, words that represent the vision of the school and the growth of each child: Ambition, multicultural, inclusive, participation, innovation, care, and student-oriented. To integrate all these core values in one design is not the easiest of tasks. But, our mastermind set himself to what seemed to be impossible to finish in between his travels from Madrid to Valencia, creating murals and interventions along the way. Yet, in this design, it is clearly visible that every line has been well placed and overthought, creating a new work of art where even the artist himself was proud of.
With murals we create a concept around the around the activities and core values of an organization, and show it to the outside world.
Through the eyes of Digo Diego you receive a specific view on society. His artworks are not only meant to intervene with walls and empty spaces, but also to wake up a feeling or emotion inside you, something where you react like: ‘a ha, indeed’.
Our society mainly exists of urban contraptions. Residencies in concentrated areas with schools and stores, with characteristic traffic going in and out to ‘offices’ and ‘construction sites’. This caters a social organization and in its turn manifests in a relational system where the common sense is almost gone. In the home region of the artist (Madrid, Spain) places are often abandoned or unused. He has been looking for a way to put them in the picture again by creating a piece that not only reflects the area, but also calls up an emotion that stops people in their daily habits and routines and makes them reflect.
- Total surface: 162 sq. meters
- Material: brick
- Width: 9
- Height: 18
- Ingredients: acrylic paint and spray paint
- Project duration: 5 days