Bosoletti's mural is no more.


A mural that had been painted on the Mar y Paz Hotel in Can Picafort is no longer there. It was created by the Argentine artist Francisco Bosoletti for the Saladina Art Fest in October 2016 and showed an old woman, "symbolic of the life of Can Picafort through its grandmothers", as the festival director noted.

It has been painted over because the hotel was advised to perform damp proofing of the wall. There was renovation of rooms over the winter, but there was an issue with damp; the wall faces north. Some residents, who had grown used to the mural and liked it, aren't happy.

The co-owner of the hotel, Sebastià Rosselló, can understand. They feel bad about it, but the repainting work was necessary. He stresses that they liked the mural and plan on having another one to replace Bosoletti's. "We will assume the cost, but we would prefer it if the Saladina Art Fest told us what we should do."  

Joan Aguiló, the director of the Saladina Art Fest, is surprised that the mural has disappeared. "It's a shame. It was a gift to Can Picafort from Bosoletti. It was artistic and urban heritage that will be difficult to recuperate." He notes that when Bosoletti was contracted in 2016, he was a breaking talent. He's now done work in New York, Berlin and elsewhere in Spain.

The festival was first held in 2016, and its main aim was to decorate walls in Can Picafort and give buildings and the resort a rejuvenated appearance. In the case of the Mar y Paz, it is some fifty years old, and the mural was welcome.

It is understood that Santa Margalida town hall had come to an agreement with owners of buildings that were given murals that they should maintain them for a minimum of four years.


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