A new urban work of art adorns the dead wall of the Franciscan Monastery in Saint John Square of Brasov. It is a project aimed at enhancing the aesthetics and urban features of this important building located in the historical city centre of Brasov.
The works have been financed through the Guide for Cultural Projects. Titled “Mural Art and Stories”, the project was initiated two years ago, being co-funded by Brasov City Hall, though the Guide for Cultural Projects, and deployed by Carpaterra Association, in partnership with the Franciscan Monastery of Brasov and Depoul de Arta Urbana (The Urban Art Depot).
The Largest Mural Painting
Catalin Cantor, President of Carpaterra Association, stated: “The overall surface area of the dead wall is of approximately 500 square meters. We initially painted 150 sqm and around 250 sqm this year. There are ongoing discussions for a third work, but, in the end, it will be the largest mural painting hosted by a historical city centre in Romania. The complete wall will most certainly be the largest mural work in a historical city centre, not only in Romania, but, actually, in this area of Europe.”
Message to the People
Father Eugen Fecheta, St. John Church, stated: “Just as Jesus scouted for people where they were, I dare say that the Church should have a message for the people it encounters where they are. If you no longer find people in church, but, instead, in the square next to the monastery, then that is where the message should be delivered to them. This is a dream come true for this monastery, a hope that has been alit ever since 1972, when this wall was last renovated, and this is a first message to the people. The opportunity has arisen, and the artists have managed to find the works that would also deliver a message on behalf of our church. Modern art might be more difficult to digest for the common man, but my sincere hope is that the messages people will discover here will embellish their lives” -
This project is an example of collaboration and good practices amongst Romanian artists, the dwellers of Brasov City and the authorities. Artists have moved art out of the galleries and museums and into the street, and, this particular case concerns the wall of the Franciscan Monastery, which also is part of a public square in Brasov.