Riba-roja d'Ebre has released the second edition of Riu d'Art with a popular walk in the village streets during which local and international participating artists were able to present their creations to the neighbours, works made over the past few days in different parts of town. The initiative, organized by the Municipality of Riba-roja and the local Association Riba Rocks supported by the Directorate General of Youth of the Terres de l'Ebre, establishing itself as a meeting point for artists for the transformation and improvement of the old part of Riba-roja.
In total, six artistic interventions, double that of last year: Three international artists and three local artists, were chosen from among the 11 proposals which were submitted to the contest in the second edition of Riu d'Art. And as a good evaluation of this meeting of artists, which "seeks to achieve, year on year, within the streets, corners and viewpoints of Riba-roja to become a major art gallery in the open air ", explains Councilor for Youth, Francesc Esteve, Project promoter, for whom "art is also the regeneration of facades, of the streets and moreover a means to protect and conserve heritage".
In fact, the artistic interventions of Riu d'Art have the old part of the village as a main stage because the the municipal strategy of recuperation of the historic centre of Riba-roja, complements other planning activities undertaken in recent years: "The fact that most of the works in open spaces are intended to be a differentiating factor, making unique spaces, in the medium term, allows the conversion of the village into a place of cultural and tourist attraction ", says Esteve with a view to creating a future tour of all artworks, with future editions of Riu d'Art.
A tour of the artworks in this second edition
The tour began at the municipal sports centre, where ·a sculpture entitled La Sumera i l’unicorn, made in steel by Scottish artist Jennifer Kilgour has been installed. After this the tour passed by the Slaughterhouse with the mural created last year, and followed by the a walk down Carrer Sequer to see firsthand the mural Tree of Life, created by students of the Riba-roja d'Ebre Art School "to pay tribute to the people of the village and also to those who have passed on", an initiative which will spread to other village streets.
The next point where the neighbours stopped was the Placa del Forn, where English artist Sarah Misselbrook, settled for some years in the village, presented her work to fellow citizens 'Comunió de la vida', a series of 'planters' in the form of cupped hands casted from the people of the village, an idea that she wants to expand to other parts of town.
Two of the international artists who have visited Riba-roja in recent days to participate in Riu d'Art, Anna Georghiou and Phil Bird, explained how they conceived the work 'The Water Carriers and The Woman of the Rainbow', located on the slope towards the river near the lookout point of La Pena. The artists were inspired by local traditions and nature, similarly for artist Oliver Hall (from Southampton, United Kingdom) when painting the mural "Cicle, temps, tradició” in the Plaça del Forn, in this case making a parallel·between the current of the river with feet running a race, which is one of the major events of the village fiestas in August.
Before close there was music , in the Plaça del Forn, by Riba-roja artist Adrià Cid, who explained his ceramic mural project which will be installed in one of the lookout points to the river, not yet finished, but we will be able to see it soon. And finally, attendees enjoyed two live music performances by two multidisciplinary artists who also presented their works of art, Adria Cid and the group Trobadours's Garden, Anna Georghiou and Phil Bird.
Call for "a beautiful Riba-roja"
During the presentation of works, the Councilor for Youth made a special mention to the director of the Art School, Isabel Torres, congratulating her "for her dedication, commitment and patience in teaching". Esteve, furthermore, encouraged all residents to participate in the initiative, as "to make Riba-roja a beautiful place, it is in all of our hands. The act of arranging a facade or putting a plant on the balcony, it is only a little grain of sand but can make our village have a special charm".
On this note, next Friday 14 July, there will be a talk by Dr.. Josep Bertran on "Architecture as a solution? Ideas for Old Riba-roja d'Ebre”, to present proposals by architecture students of the Faculty of Architecture of Reus.