Missing Street Tiles Covered With Colorful Handmade Replacements in Argentina
Following a tradition started by artists such as Space Invaders and Juliana Santacruz Herrera, a group of artists from the city of Rosario in Argentina sought to improve the public space experience of their neighborhood by fixing missing street tiles with handmade calcareous replacements designed and handcrafted by them.
Sidewalks in Argentina are usually not made of concrete, but covered with different kinds of tiles chosen by neighbors. When one of them breaks, the tiles around begin to deteriorate as well and are sometimes removed creating holes in the street.
Anda Project by the organization Compartiendo Capital wanted to create a “refreshing intervention of public space through a simple strategy,” while also investigating the tradition of artisan calcareous tiles production.
Once very popular and extensively produced, these tiles lost ground when industrial mass production of tiles took its place in the 1970s.
Promoters of the project Inne Martino, Fabricio Caiazza and Melina Torres coordinated the manufacturing of the tiles designed by artists Silvia Lenardón, Pablo Bofelli, Carla Colombo, Anibal Perez and Jorgelina Saigo. They also created a step by step tutorial showing how to make them.
If you’re walking through Rosario sometime, be sure to look down. A similar project carried away by a mysterious 50-years-old artist replaced tiles in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo as well.