Street artist Ememem gives makeover to roads damaged from riot

The artist replaced tiles removed in the protests across Barcelona with multicolored displays

The tiles replaced damage from the street riots (by Cillian Shields)
The tiles replaced damage from the street riots (by Cillian Shields) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

November 20, 2019 11:42 AM

French street artist Ememem, a renowned worldwide street artist who works on street damage in various worldwide cities, has turned Barcelona street abrasion into street art. He has replaced tiles removed during protests in various areas of Barcelona, most notably the Plaça Urquinaona, with an artistic tile design.

The artist, originally from Lyon, has installed his signature polychrome tiles next to the inscription, ''here lies a pothole.'' He has also completed works in the Sant Antoni neighborhood as well as between Villarroel and Riera Alta.

Here, Ememem has tried to cover the holes and damage on the street, from the recent protests rejecting the verdict of the Catalan Trial sentencing nine independence leaders to between 9 and 13 years behind bars, like strips. 

More of the artist's work can be found all over the world - Lyon, Turín, Oslo, Melbourne and Madrid are among the most notable locations. 

He labels his work as 'flacking,' an anglicism derived from the French word 'flaque,' literally meaning a 'pool,' but figuratively can refer to an area whose appearance is different to what is around it. 

To see more of the Ememem's work, check out his instagram page: