In 2017, a whopping 72 artists and producers from all across Estonia, Mexico and elsewhere took part in Mextonia, a transgraffiti festival that engulfed the streets of Tallinn and other smaller cities; Estonian World highlights over 30 colossal murals that were inspired by Estonia’s deep cultural roots and rich folklore.
The street art festival that combined Estonian and Mexican cultures was a joint effort by Nueve Arte Urbano, a Mexico-based artistic group, and Todoesuno Eesti, an Estonia-based personal improvement platform. The colossal murals, dotted around Tallinn’s highways and the seafront, as well as countless apartment blocks and municipal buildings in the capital and beyond, were created as a “gift” to Estonia that celebrated its centennial in 2018.
Mextonia’s style of art is described as transgraffiti – a matured form of graffiti where muralists have passed from the phase of scribbling names on walls to adding metaphors, transcending borders and involving themselves in cultural catalysis. In Estonia, more than 5,000 square metres (54,000 sq ft) of wall space was transformed thanks to Mextonia.
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