The joyful icons by the prolific street art collective La Banda del Rotu have been inhabiting the streets of Madrid for some time now. Octopuses, bears, astronauts, fish, and other marvelous creatures relate to each other forming maps of magic and pleasure on metal doors, shutters, signposts, and poles. They address us through curiosity and wonder. No small feat in a city currently overburdened by budget cuts and the lack of imagination of politicians. Here are some pieces by La Banda I ran into last Sunday in Lavapiés.