Basque Online Mural Archive

I’ve run out of mural photos now, so I’ll take a break with this blog for a while. You can see all the pictures featured this far in the gallery, where previews of them are presented in random order. Feel free to use them in any non commercial context but please state the source.

An idea for the future is to make a digital map as well, like the one Extramural Activity has for Northern Ireland (zoom in on Belfast – it’s impressive).

Another idea is to make the blog multilingual, with entries and interfaces in Basque, French and Spanish as well. Would probably also be good to get a native to proofread my English.

And of course an ambition is to collect more mural photos in the future, preferably from more provinces of the Basque Country – this far, most of the pictures are from the coastal area of Gipuzkoa. But to succeed with a more ambitious mural database, one would need contributors and collaborators who live on site (which I don’t).

If you would be interested in this project or have some photos of Basque murals yourself that you’d like to publish, please send me an e-mail at joakim this-thing

Furthermore, many murals disappear rather quickly, for example this tunnel that has been painted white and this piece of poetry that has been ruined. So it’s a good thing to gather and spread this art, and thereby also saving this cultural heritage for the future.

Otherwise, there are quite a few Basque murals at Wikimedia Commons, for example this one from Aginaga, Usurbil, with a map of Euskal Herria:

And this one in Zornotza from 2009, celebrating the 30th anniversery of the Basque language organisation Euskal Herrian Euskaraz:


And finally this one from Arrasate/Mondragón stating that euskara da gure territorio libre bakarra, ‘the Basque language is our only free territory’. The dancing figures in the corner of the chess table have a Basque flag in a speech bubble (and the e-like symbol of Euskal Herrian Euskaraz, compare with the mural above), while the bishop has a French flag and the king has the colours of the Spanish flag. In the bottom left corner, a etxera stencil has been added:

Other Basque murals can be found at the blog Murales políticos with its awful design. (How can anyone think that coloured text on a black background is a good idea?) Also the slighlty less awful-looking blog Basque Conflict has a few entries about murals.

Otherwise I hope that this blog of mine has contributed a bit so that people interested in murals have got their eyes opened for the Basque Country, and the other way around. Cheers for now.


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