Mexicans to gift Estonia 30 murals for its centenaryPublished: 20.10.2016

The international festival of street art Mextonia – from Mexicans to Estonia, will take place in Tallinn in June 2017, during which some 4000 square metres of public space will be decorated with giant murals. Some 30 buildings, underpasses and walls will be given a spectacular facelift through the work of artists and graffiti writers volunteering their time. These wonderful murals are Mexicans’ joint gift with Estonians to Estonia for its centenary.  

Pilt: Nueve Arte Urbano

According to Édgar Sánchez of the Nueve Arte Urbano movement that is one of the leading organizers of this initiative, the goal of the project is to recognise and honour Estonia’s historical and cultural heritage through art, by creating murals rich in symbols that are of significance to Estonians and Estonian statehood. The festival organisers welcome suggestions for the motifs that should inspire the artists to create on the murals. The organisers are also looking for property owners who would like to embellish their buildings with quality artwork, since the festival is likely to extend to more than 30 buildings.

The festival organisers have suggested Tallinn’s TV Tower as one of the possible sites for a mural, as it has played a significant role in Estonia’s history, particularly during the restoration of Estonia’s independence in August 1991 in the wake of the failed putsch attempt in Moscow. Riina Roosipuu, director of the Tallinn TV Tower Foundation, has confirmed that the idea is intriguing and that Tallinn TV Tower would love to participate in the project once the technical details for the murals have been sorted out.

The Mextonia festival will be held in Tallinn from 14-22 June 2017.

For more information:
Sigre Tompel
Mextonia Festival project manager
Todoesuno Eesti
Tel.: +372 50 680 90

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