SOLLER MURAL

Photo of artist Natalia Spitale

Born  in Argentina in 1970, Natalia now lives and works in Soller, Mallorca.  She has her own studio where she also has workshops for both children and adults.

The Ayuntamiento de Soller asked her to paint a mural  to showcase the history and culture of Soller, and on the 26th of May 2020, work started.

Initial drawing of 3rd panel of Soller Mural by artist Natalia Spitale
Initial drawing of the 4th panel of Soller Mural by artist Natalia Spitale
Initial drawing of the 2nd panel of Soller Mural by artist Natalia Spitale
Initial drawing of the 1st panel of Soller Mural by artist Natalia Spitale

THE INITIAL DRAWINGS

Drawn freehand with pencil directly on to the wall, 6 pencils were used all the way through!  A thin layer of commercial paint made a stronger outline.

In this final video, Natalia Spitale talks about the themes behind each section  of the mural, and a little about the motivation and process.

Mid-way through painting Soller Centre from the Soller Mural by artist Natalia Spitale
Mid-way through painting 2nd panel of the Soller Mural, Mallorca by artist Natalia Spitale

 

At the midpoint of painting the mural.  Colour is being added and the panels are beginning to come to life.

Mid-way through painting the 3rd panel of the Soller Mural, Mallorca by artist Natalia Spitale
Mid-way through painting the 4th panel of the Soller Mural, Mallorca by artist Natalia Spitale
The 1st panel of the Soller Mural, Mallorca by artist Natalia Spitale showing the Soller tram, Soller Cathedral and Place de Constitucio
2nd panel of the Soller Mural, Mallorca by artist Natalia Spitale showing the Soller Fira i Firo battle re-enactment

On 26th of June, exactly one month after Natalia started, the mural was finished.  A huge amount of work and talent went into creating this new landmark for the town of Soller.  On the 22.7.20 the mayor of Soller, Carlos Simarro, inaugurated the Mural assisted by the Tourism councillor Sebastia Aguilo.

3rd panel of the Soller Mural, Mallorca by artist Natalia Spitale showing Soller Industry with the Bank of Soller, fabric making and grand houses resulting from the orange trade
4th panel of the Soller Mural, Mallorca by artist Natalia Spitale showing Soller Rural, the Soller orange groves and olive groves