Estepona is home to Spain’s largest Mural

It’s a piece of eye-catching artwork that Estepona town hall hopes will reel in the visitors. Called ‘Fishing Day’, the town’s latest large mural is thought to be the biggest in Spain and covers the faces of six buildings. This is the 16th giant piece of art to grace the walls of public buildings in the town, and intended to give it a colourful wow factor. Designed by Jaen artist José Fernández Ríos, the work covers 1,000 square metres of apartment blocks in the Isabel Simón neighbourhood in the centre of town. Estepona’s Mayor, José María García Urbano, said: “With this kind of creativity painted on building façades Estepona is up there alongside other European cities at the forefront of artistic installations in outdoor spaces.” He added that neighbourhoods that have been forgotten in recent years have now been turned into a “tourist attraction” with artistic works of “great quality”. At just 11,000 euros, the work was jointly funded by the Union of Western Costa del Sol Municipalities and Estepona town hall. Painted with acrylic paint, the mural depicts a sequence in which a traditional local fisherman is reeling in his catch. Now inmates from Málaga’s Alhaurin de la Torre prison are set to create another mural in the Picasso Blas Infante neighbourhood. It’s hoped the murals will put Estepona on the map as a cultural destination as well as beautifying neglected parts of town. In the past few months they have sprung up around various neighbourhoods, bringing a dash of colour to residential areas. The eye-catching project started in September 2012 and was the brainchild of the local council, who commissioned several artists to swap their usual canvases for buildings, bricks and cement. So if you fancy seeing some interesting street art and Spain’s largest mural, why not visit the up and coming town of Estepona and discover its many other charms in the process? This is what the people of Estepona think of the mural:

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