Artists' Salvaged Tire Installations Reactivate Barcelona's Streets

CC BY-NC 4.0. Pneumàtic via Behance

There are millions upon millions of discarded tires clogging up landfills all over the world. One could buy used tires as a way of reusing them, but it can be a risky proposition. Another option is to build with them (earthships come to mind), or repurposing them as urban art, as a Barcelona-based artistic collective has done with these clever street interventions.

Pneumàtic

Pneumàtic via Behance/CC BY-NC 4.0

Made up of artists OOSS, Iago Buceta, and Mateu Targa, the team proposed Pneumàtic, a series of installations using salvaged tires, as part of Ús Barcelona, a street art festival that is aiming to renew dilapidated parts of the city.

Pneumàtic

Pneumàtic via Behance/CC BY-NC 4.0

Pneumàtic

Pneumàtic via Behance/CC BY-NC 4.0

Located in the neglected "Tomato District" of Barcelona, these cut-up tires are inserted onto walls, stairways and ramps, creating new spaces and a sense of "place" that did not exist before. Skillfully integrated into a concrete urban landscape, these strategically placed interventions create a sense of wonder, and renewed interest in parts of the city that might have otherwise been forgotten, in addition to diverting problematic materials from the landfill.

Pneumàtic

Pneumàtic via Behance/CC BY-NC 4.0

Pneumàtic

Pneumàtic/CC BY-NC 4.0

Unexpected and refreshing, urban art is one way that cities are re-activating life on its boulevards and overlooked places, besides things like urban agriculture, sharing economies and other green initiatives. For more images, check out Pneumàtic on Behance, and Ús Barcelona.