A large open-air museum has been painted in Ciudad Real thanks to the collaboration between Ciudad Real’s Provincial Council, the Laborvalía association and the creative team of the artist Okuda San Miguel, Ink and Movement. The project is titled ‘Titanes’ and is a prime example of how social inclusion can be achieved through art.
Laborvalía works to provide job opportunities and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. Through art we want to change the image that society has of people with disabilities, putting a note of colour in our province.
The open-air museum ‘Titanes’ so far consists of 8 huge silos on the plain of La Mancha, and will continue to take giant steps towards becoming the world’s biggest outdoor gallery and an essential calling point for art lovers. The circuit has several silos, painted in the municipalities of Calzada de Calatrava, Corral de Calatrava, La Solana, Malagón, Manzanares and, most recently, Herencia.
Artists invited to paint this project so far include Bicicleta Sem Freio, Daniel Muñoz, Demsky J., Equipo Plástico, Hell’O, Okuda San Miguel, Smithe and Spok Brillor. Here the artists painted with hundreds of members of the Laborvalía association, for the inclusion of people with disabilities to achieve this ambitious project.
‘Titanes’ aims to change, through art, society’s image of people with disabilities”. Okuda
Brazilians Bicicleta sem Freio painted in the La Solana, and wanted to represent “the power of creativity and imagination” with their mural “Os Gigantes de la Mancha”, which covers the four faces of their titanic silo.
Okuda painted in Calzada de Calatrava (Pedro Almodóvar’s hometown) transformed his silo into a polyhedral and colourful mural in which he has integrated “some characters from Almodóvar’s films together with local references such as the Templars or Don Quixote”. His work is entitled “Legends from La Mancha”.
Belgians Hell’O, have painted an “optimistic, pop and fresh touch” to their silo in Malagón.
Daniel Muñoz together with Spok Brillor, painted a mural that celebrates 15 years of collaborations and “reaffirms the building from an architectural point of view”.
Equipo Plástico, painted in Manzanares, and his mural is a homage to “the tonalities and patterns of the adjoining lands, their textures and nuances”.
Mexican Smithe, together with Alicante’s Demsky J., in a new transatlantic collaboration entitled “Parables of Thought” have unified their styles in the Corral de Calatrava silo.
Austarlian artist Fintan Magee just completed his silo in Herencia. He painted on three sides of the silo, two of the local social workers and one members of Laborvalía who works with them. It’s another example of the inclusion of people with disabilities who have again actively participated in the artistic intervention on the silo.
“This is a cross-cutting project that manages to unite social inclusion, the commitment to urban art and the recovery of our rural heritage. The province is now an open-air museum in which our towns are part of the works. The people with disabilities who have taken part of the project are our true “titans”. José Manuel Caballero Serrano, President of the Provincial Council of Ciudad Real
Next up is the Austrian artist Nychos, whose eye-catching intervention is set to alter the landscape of La Mancha as part of the Titanes project. Stay tuned!