Graffiti legalised in Granada

The city fathers of Granada, in a move similar to that which has seen the transformation of the Soho barrio in Malaga, have announced that they are to allow street art graffiti to be carried out in designated areas with the issue of permits.

Mayor Juan Antonio Mérida asks that street artists request permission from the Department of the Environment and deliver sketches of their planned work and consult with building owners.

The city is creating a list of all the walls on municipal property that will be made available. An estimated 7,500m2 is available as a blank canvas. Merida explained that there are three free zones which do not require permission. These include the walls of the Parque Bola de Oro, the walls of the piscina municipal de Arabial and the exterior walls of the Parque García Lorca overlooking the ring road.

Embracing urban art is a major change of direction for the city authorities who were previously known for the severity of the fines they handed out, with unfortunate artists being hit with fines ranging from €300 to €3,000.

International graffiti artist Raul Ruiz, El Niño de las Pinturas, attended the launch and showed his support for the new enlightened approach. Ruiz was fined €900 for graffiti in 2011 despite having permission from the building owner.

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