As part of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa's discovery of the Mar del Sur (South Seas) 500 years ago, artists from 65 countries have been invited to participate in the dressing up of Panama City through sculpture, street art, paintings and videos. With 500 pieces on display, of which quite a number will have been executed on site, it's really been a veritable creative FEST - total audience participation being key.
The festival BIENNAL DEL SUR runs from the 15th April until the 30th May.
I was terribly excited to catch up with Spanish artist Alvaro Gomez Selles on the evening he'd finished his large mural on 'Plaza Catedral' in Casco Viejo, having watched it from the start in March.
Alvaro's piece is a recreation of a piece from his series 'niños recojiendo palos en la playa' shown in Madrid this year for the VII jornadas antirracistas, 'Arte por la igualdad de derechos y contra el racismo IX'. It's pretty awesome and powerful on such a large scale.
Working in 30 degrees plus with humidity, that even Mr P abhors, is a pretty mean feat! But Alvaro, although tired seems pretty content! THANK GOD because I enjoy really looking at the piece.
Mr P and I enjoyed visiting all of the Biennal del Sur sites. Our chosen favourites can be seen on Pinterest.