A 'Cathedral' of Characters in Northern Spain

It's a cathedral of characters, this abandoned furniture factory 40 kilometers outside of Barcelona, Spain. Cartoons, illustrations, portraits are everywhere -- a curious collection of aerosol spray pieces that highlights the popularity of the animated and exaggerated personalities among graffiti and street artists in this region of the world.

2016-01-06-1452047637-7251295-brooklnstreetataryzrostrolluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Aryz. Rostro Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

The character may be salty with a haggard stare, or reference a topic with a bit of satire. The scene may be serious, comical, ridiculous or purely sci-fi and horror. You discover the stories and allegories as you walk through the empty manufacturing rooms now flooded with natural light and dust. Expressions and situations here are full of drama that trigger your empathy, startle your attention, elicit a shiver, or creepily fondle your funny bone.

2016-01-06-1452047971-8645646-brooklnstreetatMIXEDMEDIAlluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web2.jpg Mixed Media. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Traveling Spanish urban photographer Lluis Olive Bulbena tells us that the economic crash of 2008 killed many factories like this in Spain and high youth unemployment drove many artists to adorn them with paintings. Because of the calm, serene environment of this particular ex-factory where artists roam freely and take long hours to complete these figures in the open air, the colorful forms may call to mind stained glass windows you see in more hallowed houses. Perhaps that is why Bulbena feels so moved that he's christened this place "La Catedral" (The Cathedral).

We thank him for sharing these images from his latest pilgrimage with BSA readers.

2016-01-06-1452048226-9825939-brooklnstreetatMIXEDMEDIAlluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Mixed Media. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048263-372402-brooklynstreetartsimonvazquezlluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Simon Vazquez. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048305-9472590-brooklnstreetatgr170lluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg GR170. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048340-3544996-brooklnstreetatgr170lluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web3.jpg GR170. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048386-315357-brooklnstreetatgr170lluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web2.jpg GR170. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048437-1743828-brooklnstreetatenricsantlluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web1.jpg Enric Sant. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048476-9248303-brooklnstreetatenricsantlluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Enric Sant. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048521-3158533-brooklnstreetatjulienlluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Julien. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048566-6175865-brooklnstreetatanjamilalluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Anja Mila. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048610-4144348-brooklnstreetatswakninelluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg S. Waknine. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048646-4484465-brooklnstreetatrimlluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web2.jpg RIM. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048682-6011955-brooklnstreetatrimlluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web1.jpg RIM. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048940-2702272-brooklnstreetatmanumanulluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Manu Manu. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452048987-4882269-brooklnstreetatlonsdopslluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Lons Dops. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452049125-6306320-brooklnstreetatkramlluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Kram. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452049160-2088064-brooklnstreetatbaldicklluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Baldick. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452049204-8175287-brooklnstreetatciscolluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Cisco. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452049308-8083744-brooklnstreetat2309catlluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg 2309 Cat. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452049349-9231295-brooklnstreetatjaponarizgemeoslluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Japon . Aryz. Gemeos. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452049385-7159793-brooklnstreetatiagazzolluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web.jpg Iagazzo. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452049456-748013-brooklnstreetatiagazzolluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web2.jpg Iagazzo. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452049484-1665615-brooklnstreetatlacatedrallluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web2.jpg La Catedral. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

2016-01-06-1452049511-891545-brooklnstreetatlacatedrallluisolivebulbenabarcelona0116web1.jpg La Catedral. Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Included are works by @Rim Chiaria, @ManuManu, @S.V. (Simon Vázquez), @Enric2309 (Enric Font), @S.Wakiane (Sebastiane), @ArjaMila, @Aryz, @MixedMedia, @Enric Sans, @Antuan72, @iagazzo, @Melbs, @Kram, @Cisco, @Aone, @Japon+Aryz+Gemeo5, @Sener, @MarinaCapdevila, @Llopart, @Julien, @Kamy, @Beecone, @Cadmium, @ClassicBasic, @Vi990, @Cloe-Mia-Mai, @Otto, @LonsDops, @DBL.TRBL, @Larry Bros, @MM, @Jaba, @GR107, @Rostro



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