Fundación Announces Local Mosaic Restoration Project
August 21, 2008
Valparaíso's Paseo de Sueños will serve as a design model for the plaza
As part of its mission to foster projects of urban renaissance, the Fundación Valparaíso has recently announced a restoration project for a plaza located adjacent to the institution and Hector Calvo Jofre street. While the plaza currently boasts only concrete benches and barren walls, its location within Valparaíso’s “Museo a Cielo Abierto,” or Open Air Museum, makes it a prime location for change. The Museum currently consists of 20 murales in Cerro Bellavista that line staircases and streets that serve as a visual gift to tourists and inhabitants alike in promoting the art and culture of the city.
The museum roots back to 1969 when art students of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso began to express their works on house sidings and walls on the hill. Eventually, in 1990 the art was recognized as an official fixture of the neighbourhood and distinguished artists have since left their bohemian marks.
The plaza will emulate that of Paseo de Sueños as mosaic fixtures will be the primary design.