Por Favor: El oso y el madroño / The Bear and The Berry Tree

I’ve recently ran into a couple of images of Spanish street artist Por Favor‘s intervention of  the official symbol of the city of Madrid.

Por Favor IMG_5948Lavapiés, 25 May 2014.

While the famous statue at Puerta del Sol and the logo of the Ayuntamiento (city hall) depict a robust bear and a blossoming tree–the statue itself is about 4 meters high and weighs about 20 tons–Por Favor’s stickers depict squalid icons, eloquently pointing to deprivation of vital nourishment and to a city’s administration, now under the Partido Popular, in decay:

IMG_6218El oso y el madroño,  Paseo del Prado, 30 May 2014.


To see other urban interventions by Por Favor check out Tumblr.  Here is another link to his work.


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