Argentine street artist Alfredo Segatori has finished a series of huge, new murals to celebrate Buenos Aires hosting the Youth Olympic Games in 2018.
The new murals are part of a community project to improve the working class neighbourhood of Villa Soldati through public art. Segatori’s designs feature a somersaulting diver, a gymnast and a pole vaulter; two of the murals measure eight stories in height and have been painted on the sides of mono-blocks in a housing complex close to Parque Roca.
High board diver .
Segatori, 45, holds the title of having painted the longest mural in Argentina by a single street artist (it’s called “The Return of Quinquela” in Barracas and measures more than 2,300 metres). He was chosen by the Buenos Aires City Government for this project, which took him 20 days to paint. The games include athletics, swimming, diving and gymnastics, and will be held at the nearby Parque Roca stadium from 1-12 October 2018.
Segatori works on mural of the pole vaulter from a crane.
Segatori used aerosol spray to paint all the figures in the murals
Pole vaulter adding color to Villa Soldati housing blocks
Final touches to mural of track athletes
Giant mural overlooks a football pitch close to Parque Roca ..
View from above and housing complex in Villa Soldati
As well as bringing colour and art to parts of Villa Soldati, there’s hope that the new murals will also encourage young people to get involved in sports and exercise more.
Photos © Matt Fox-Tucker/BA Street Art