Badalona’s Fish-Kite Mural

The impressive Fish-Kite mural was painted in 2010 by a group of artists from the Identidad(es) initiative. The initiative was sponsored by Badalona city council and aimed to develop social cohesion through several different urban art projects.

urban art in Badalona - the fish kite and its flyers

The fantastic fish-kite mura stretches round the side of four houses on Badalona’s seafront

The mural was painted on the exterior walls of four terraced houses in the Barri Groc district of Badalona, at the north end of the promenade. It depicts a giant Koi Carp shaped kite which is being flown by a diverse group of people. I see it as a kind of metaphor for the Identidades project itself; brining a group of people together to work as a team with a common goal.

Street arty in Badalona, the kite flyers

The fish-kites “flyers” stretch along the grden walls of four houses

Close up of the first group of kite flyers

Close up of the first group of kite flyers

Closeup photograph of the second group of kite flyers, Badalona

Closeup photograph of the second group of kite flyers

Closeup photograph of the third group of kite flyers, Badalona

Closeup photograph of the third group of kite flyers

Closeup photograph of the fourth group of kite flyers, Badalona

Closeup photograph of the fourth group of kite flyers

Closeup photograph of the fifth group of kite flyers

Closeup photograph of the fifth group of kite flyers

Check out this video from YouTube which shows how the mural was painted.

You can find more information about art projects in Badalona and Barcelona on the kognitif blog (in Spanish)

How to get there:

Although a separate city, Badalona is pretty much a suburb of Barcelona. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get there by train from Plaça de Catalunya station. Take any train heading north on the R1 line which follows the coast to Mataró, Calella, Blanes/Maçanet or Portbou. Badalona is in TMB Zone 1 and is covered by the T10 ticket.

Turn right as you leave the train station, there’s a short road between shops which leads to the promenade. Don’t cross back under the railway lines to the beach, you want to keep the tracks to your right. It’s about a 5 minute walk to the Fish-Kite mural (known as “El Pez Cometa” in Spanish)

While you’re here you may like to spend some time on the beach which is long and sandy and generally less crowded than Barcelona’s beaches. There are several bars with terraces where you can enjoy a quiet drink.

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Take a look at the photos on Google Street View which are from before the Fish-Kite mural was painted.

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