Empty Walls 2014: Holding out for a Hyuro

Arriving in Cardiff slap bang in the middle of the Empty Walls Festival with a wall located slap bang in the middle of the city – it was time to introduce Hyuro to our wonderful city.

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

With a wall opposite the old Alchemists’ Gallery on Bridge Street and using the side of the Trading Standard’s building offered by Cardiff Council – this was another huge canvas for the Argentinian artist to fill.

The wall had previously been targetted by taggers and other graffiti over the years so it was great to see it painted over and soon to feature some international street art.

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro
Empty Walls 2014: HyuroEmpty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Hyuro’s work usually features people and has become her trademark (sometimes breaking down the stereotypes of woman) – here she began by outlining all the characters on the recently painted over magnolia wall.

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Empty Walls 2014: HyuroEmpty Walls 2014: Hyuro

On the second day the artist, now residing in Spain, began adding colour to the sketched characters – bringing each one to life and revealing some idea of what was to come!

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Speaking to Hyruo she didn’t want to give much away about the idea behind this piece and it seems she would prefer to leave the interpretation upto the viewer!
As soon as I commented how lucky she had been with the weather ……….yes it instantly tipped down!

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Empty Walls 2014: HyuroEmpty Walls 2014: Hyuro

On the final day that I visited it had been raining quite considerably but created an opportunity for some great puddle shots!
The work was complete and every character now fully painted. Each one wearing a face mask and with their hands up! Ebola alert!

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

Empty Walls 2014: Hyuro

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