Mexico to give Estonia 30 murals for its centenary

Mexican graffiti artists are to decorate 30 buildings in Tallinn during the 2017 street art festival, Mextonia; these murals will be Mexico’s present to Estonia for the latter’s centenary, celebrated in 2018.

The Mexican graffiti artists will paint some 4,000 square metres of public space during the festival that is to take place in June 2017, according to the organisers.


Édgar Sánchez, of the Nueve Arte Urbano movement that is one of the leading organisers of the initiative, said the goal of the project was 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 organisers said in a statement that they “welcome suggestions for the motifs that should inspire the artists to create on the murals.”


They 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 will be held in Tallinn from 14-22 June 2017.


Cover: a mural in Mexico. All images courtesy of the Nueve Arte Urbano movement and Mextonia Festival.

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