The Madrileños woke up one morning and found the pedestrian lanes in their beloved city sprayed with love verses! Many were thrilled.
by Rose Maramba
A few days ago the Madrileños woke up to find that love verses had been sprayed on in quite a number of strategically located pedestrian lanes in their beloved city with mathematical precision. It was a hugely audacious “project” which could have easily courted the ire of the Madrid government, the police in hot pursuit of the culprits, but didn’t. Not this time anyway. In fact, it was given a benevolent, even slightly indulgent, coverage by the newscasts on the state-run Televisión Española.
Those involved in the project, which was called “MADRID, TE COMERÍA A VERSOS,” are alleged to have worked “in a sincere and altruistic manner to humanize our city a little.” Boamistura, a group of five internationally acclaimed “urban artists” who trace their roots to graffiti and was likely to have been behind the “project,” claims that “it is an act of love by artists and poets for our beloved Madrid.”
Most of the verses were taken from Spanish rap musician Rayden’s latest album “En Alma y Hueso” but not all. A few were from award-winning rock composer Leiva’s albums, “Diciembre” and “Polvora.”
While the majority of those who were asked by the media to comment liked the versified pedestrian lanes (“It’s surprising, unique, great fun, art, poetry,” etc.), dissenting voices would not stay mute: “It’s vandalism; they’ve got to be fined.”
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