Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Local artists begin 'Inderrumbable' mural project in Peru

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Atlanta natives Nathan Tavel and Kyle Nielsen are working on a multiple mural project in Peru.
  • Morbo Galeria
  • Atlanta natives Nathan Tavel and Kyle Nielsen are working on a multiple mural project in Peru.

Atlanta artists Nathan Tavel and Kyle Nielsen are spending a few months in Peru, working on a mural project titled "Inderrumbable."

Inderrumbable, in Spanish, roughly means 'unable to be knocked down.' This is an appropriate choice for their project since it will take place in El Carmen, Peru; a town plagued with destruction after being at the epicenter of an earthquake in 2007. Despite the fact that the earthquake hit almost five years ago, some of El Carmen is still covered in piles of rubble and debris.

Tavel and Nielsen's plans are to use murals, incorporated with positive text and imagery collected from the people of El Carmen, to help uplift the spirits of the community.

Nathan Tavel painting a sign for a local restaurant.
  • Inderrumbable Project
  • Nathan Tavel painting a sign for a local restaurant.

In an interview with Lenny Correa, Tavel elaborates on how something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can help a city heal.

"For El Car­men we wanted these murals to speak more towards all the peo­ple there and of the town’s history. We want the phrases and imagery to come from the locals as well. And while yes we aren’t re-building the whole town, I feel the murals will bring color and pos­i­tive energy to the town to assist in the growth of El Carmen," Tavel says.

Tavel and a girl collaborate on a mural, translated to English, That so cute brunette.
  • Inderrumbable Project
  • Tavel and a girl collaborate on a mural, translated to English, "That so cute brunette."

Nielsen shares a similar view on the project as Tavel. "We want to meet these peo­ple and pick their brain. We want to know what their desires are, be told local fables, see por­traits of local leg­ends, hear words of wis­dom that are passed down from grand­moth­ers, and most impor­tantly, fig­ure out what has kept every­one here together in El Car­men. Peo­ple are liv­ing in tents and strug­gling to rebuild. We aren’t builders, we are painters so the most we can do is try and give them images that are so per­sonal they will be reminded of their past but also pos­i­tively influ­ence their future," Nielsen tells Correa.

Tavel and Nielsen certainly have the experience and talent to pull off this project, especially after the mural they completed for Living Walls this past summer. Spanning over 100 feet in length and over 2 stories in height, Tavel and Nielsen's "Southern Home Away From Home" mural, looms large on the west side of town. While they won't be painting a wall of that size, the tentative plan is to complete 15 different murals on 15 different walls by the end of the trip.

Nielsen and Tavel completed this mural as part of the 2011 Living Walls project.
  • Nathan Tavel
  • Nielsen and Tavel completed this mural as part of the 2011 Living Walls project.

Additionally, Nielsen and Tavel recently completed a mural on Octane Coffee and Little Tart Bakeshop in Grant Park.

This project will be punctuated with Nielsen and Tavel holding a show at Morbo Galería in Lima, Peru. There will also be a short documentary complied from the time they spend in Peru.

Here are a few more pictures of work being done thus far, for more photos check here.

Nielsen and Tavel take a break with some local kids.

One of the many murals Tavel and Nielsen will complete on their trip.

Nielsen and Tavel pay an homage to the building owner by painting a moustache over his door.
  • Inderrumbable Project
  • Nielsen and Tavel pay an homage to the building owner by painting a moustache over his door.

Stay updated on their journey in Peru via their Facebook page.

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