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El rey de la ruina – The ruin’s king

This 400 sq. meter wall was painted by the Spanish artist Toni Arribas. Located on the facade of Calle Embajadores 16, this artwork has a lot of symbolism within.

One incredible fact I discovered about this street art performance in Madrid, created by El Rey de la Ruina, was that it took over a week to be completed in December 2015. An automatic elevator was used and more than 1,000 kg of paint was used.

There are three sentences that can be read on the artwork that I like: “Socialmente iguales. Humanamente diferentes. Totalmente libres” which in English mean “Socially equal, different human beings and totally free.”

It got my attention because of the theme that was chosen by the artist, he wanted to raise awareness for the situation that women are living nowadays. We should be more grateful to those women who fight daily against injustices in a world which is not always totally gender equal.

The slogan was taken from an excerpt by Rose of Luxembourg, a philosopher, writer and politician. The elements on the sides are a broken knife, which tries to represent the defeat of a patriarchal society, and a heart, which highlights the power that morality and good values have. A fight for a better world.

You could learn more from this street art performance here, as I wrote a few lines for another Spotted by Locals’ collaborator. 

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Calle de Embajadores, 16, Madrid

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)