Painting the street bollards at Sant Agabito Bis

Written by Gabriella Nonino on . Posted in Arts, Tarragona Blog

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As part of a very individual approach to public street art, one old lane in Tarragona gets a regular make over at Sant Agabito Bis.

Flanked by the empty shells of  the once grand mansions that used to face Carrers dels Cavallers, Carrer del Compte is one very old tired street yet, once a year, something very special happens here; grandly called “Pilons Parade International” and as parto of Sant Agabito Bis, there is a call to brushes and paint to give an individual make over to the 50 or so bollards that line up Carrer del Compte with musical entertainment provided by the  Pilon’s Street Quartet.

It is a totally enjoyable messy business and anything goes: from aliens to the Catalan flag,  mermaids to the distinctive colors of the Collas (the Human Tower groups of Tarragona) . One very special one was reserved for the group of the  Ball de Diables (the Dance of the Devils), thirty years old this year and resurrected from oblivion of the dark Franco years to become of of Tarragonas paramount features during the festivals.

Sant Agabito Bis is a real grassroots initiative which has injected new life in to a tired old street and  making Carrer del Compte one of the most photographed streets in Tarragona.

Images of the event

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