For years the world associated the sound of the spray to Barcelona. Today, it last little remains of it: the ordinance and persecution for these activities labeled as vandalism ended the golden age of graffiti in the city.
However, urban art is still on the walls, and have even launched numerous initiatives to find alternatives for the graffiti and life in the city, to coexist. Thus, the campaign Big Walls, of the Murs Lliures (Free walls) platform and social activism of local associations as Rebobinart and Bombcelona want to be allowed to practice grafitti art in disused walls.
At the foot of the MACBA it have been organized the first routes of graffiti in the Raval one of the neighborhoods with most graffiti tradition, and in a place that might have been, but where someone did not respect the, today disappeared, Keith Haring graffiti against AIDS in 1989.
The street art is concentrated today on a large scale in the Raval, neighborhood of the most striking graffiti in Barcelona and can be seen in other neighborhoods, like Gracia and Eixample Esquerra; and while artists are, even today, rot in oblivion, many classics of the city still resist.
In the Raval we find works surrounded by a romantic aura, as the iconic bust of Andrea Michaelson, known as BTOY, the necessary escape proposed by artists like Ozzy and Tod with his surreal beasts and monsters, or one of the curious Pantocrator by Omino79 or the Japanese references which are reflected in one of Okokume geishas.
But the graffiti is on the street, and hardly live on the network, because street art is (and always has been) more alive than any other; therefore, Cayetana Gomis, manager of heritage, historian and guide, has created the first Graffiti Route, an appointment that shows how Barcelona rises, falls and is reborn in the walls.