05 Oct Mural from Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada in Beirut
Beirut Digital District commissioned the artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, in collaboration with BAD. Built by Associative Data, to paint a mural in the district of Bachoura on a building that bears the marks of war and awaits to be re-built in Beirut, Lebanon.
Many societies have been shadowed lately by wars and conflicts, putting a tremendous weight on children’s education and future. Gerada’s concepts have been long driven by social parameters. Titled ‘Connection’ the mural portrays a young boy exploring an Arduino board, alluding to the essential need for innovation and education in building a better future for the society.
About the artist
His work, created in extraordinary large scales, is visible from space and needs to be photographed from the sky, even by satellites. The dimension of the artwork is intrinsic to the importance of what is being said, from questioning complex social issues, such as identity, human rights or climate change.
He has created his work in diverse places: Amsterdam, New Zealand, London, Sao Paulo and Bahrain are just a few examples. He has exhibited in galleries such as Galería N2 (Barcelona) and Galerie MathGoth (Paris) and has been part of prestigious publications about urban art such as the TATE Gallery catalogue in London, Street Art. The Graffiti Revolution (Cedar Lewisohn, 2008) of Designing Obama (Scott Thomas, 2009).
About the collaborators
BAD. Built by Associative Data is a young international design and architectural practice with several offices in Spain (Barcelona), Dublin (Ireland), and Lebanon (Beirut) . They provide a full range of design services using the latest knowledge offered by digital technologies, sustainable practices, and networked processes. Their strong interest in art, drove them to a successful collaboration with the talented artist, Gerada on a first project/competition they won in San Antonio Texas. This dynamic creates an active exciting synergy between Art and Architecture.”