A Spanish village near Valencia has been turned into an open-air art gallery after locals and artists covered blank walls with colourful murals. Tourists now flock to Fanzara to see this huge showcase of free art, which has breathed new life into a village with mainly elderly residents and just 18 children.
The street art is the happy ending to a rift in the village over proposals to build a waste incinerator there, with locals fiercely divided over the issue. The proposal was aborted but tensions continued, so in 2014 councillors invited residents to come together to create a huge mural. “We looked for an arts and culture project that everyone could take part in and that would re-establish good relations among villagers,” the project’s mastermind, former councillor Javier Lopez, told the Local. Read More via LonelyPlanet.