Space interventions that influence people

A public space is understood as one that belongs to everyone: a space that allows can be accessed and used freely. However, when we find such places in our everyday lives, we rarely stop to think how that space determines to a great degree the quality of life of a given society.

Whether intentionally visiting a public space, or passing through one, those spaces influence people’s daily lives, regardless of their current state. The following examples demonstrate how public spaces can lead to positive changes, both in individuals and society at large.

Errasing borders

Mexican artist Ana Teresa Nogales did an intervention on the US-Mexico border. She painted part of the border fencing in a trompe-l’œil style to create an illusion of a blue sky, simulating an opening in the border. The artist worked with volunteers in the community to produce this painting, creating not only a mural, but also a dialogue on migration.

Coloring Pachuca
The artists collective Germen Crew transformed Palmitas, a low-income neighborhood in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. The group collaborated with the residents of the 209 dwellings that are part of Palmitas to give this region a good image. As a result, crime rates went down after completing the the multi-building murals.

Skate Church 
In Asturias, Spain, artist Okuda San Miguel made a series of murals in the interior of an abandoned church. This space also functions as a public skate park open for the city’s youth. The collective in charge of this project is now considering expanding the skate park to the church’s exterior. This church is now a reference point for creating new spaces for culture, sports and recreation.