Barcelona Staircase Mural

This 112-step, 10-part mural celebrates the 10th year of Caminart, is an annual arts festival in the neighborhood of El Carmel, Barcelona. The staircase has ten sections, one for every year of Caminart. For the first four years or so, it was a daytime festival and then later it became a nocturnal event, mostly to avoid the summer heat. The mural reflects this shift by going from dark to light colors as you walk up the steps. The mural was commissioned by Centro Civico del Carmel and Boca Nord.

The mural was painted with the help of around 100 volunteers over the course of three days. The youngest volunteer was 4 and the oldest was 96! They helped with priming, filling in colors, never-ending brush cleanup, and even bringing us homemade food. The local community was also invited to submit special words to be painted in the mural, like “barrio,” “poesía,” and “compañía.” (neighborhood, poetry, and company)

 

A group of about 50 children seated in a circle outside. A woman in painter's clothes is speaking to them. Many schoolchildren on an outdoor staircase, painting the risers of the steps

An outdoor staircase of over 150 steps, with the risers of each step painted in a colorful mural

 

Outdoor staircase with the risers painted to form a mural of a woman in pink pants playing the guitar

 

Outdoor mural with the risers painted to form a mural of a woman painting a hummingbird

 

An outdoor staircase with a mural painted on the risers of the steps of a man in a polka-dot leotard

 

An outdoor staircase of over 150 steps, with the risers of each step painted in a colorful mural. Text reads: DEU ANYS DEL CAMINART