• Art brings public infrastructure and communities closer
• MECO improved Green areas at Los Geranios neighborhood
San José. August 2016. The new overpass in Paso Ancho, construction works awarded to Constructora MECO, will facilitate the traffic flow for that area and will exhibit 4 mural paintings with a total coverage of 528 mts².
The full opening of the new overpass in Paso Ancho will allow drivers to see the 4 mural paintings, located on the lower level of the road. This contribution from Constructora MECO seeks to embellish public infrastructure built with art, and thus turn it into artistic expressions that reflect the social experience of Costa Rica on the concrete walls surrounding the underpass.
The murals show typical characters of the Costa Rican masquerades and cimarronas -or local bands- in common scenes in a typical neighborhood or town, like the typical neighbors who meet for coffee in the afternoon. One of the murals will evoke the famous Guacamaya (Red Macaw), whose common name is used to name the area where the project is located.
“With this social responsibility project, MECO seeks to bring together public infrastructure with art. With these 4 murals we want to leave a trail of the colorful social variety of the residents of Paso Ancho and Costa Rica. The mural is a form of creative expression and we are sure it will be enjoyed by those who live in this neighborhood” said Ana Yancy Arce, Corporate Manager of Social Responsibility and Communication.
The murals are the work of the artist Luis Guillermo Fournier Soto, graduate from the Castella Conservatory and Licentiate in Plastic Arts with an Emphasis in Sculpture from the University of Costa Rica. Fournier Soto was accompanied by a team of 4 more artists: Diego Fournier, graphic designer, Gabriel Dumani, engraver and Elías Arias and Gabino Espinoza, as assistants.
1. “La cimarrona”: is a party full of music and local characters in Paso Ancho.
2. “Las Fisgonas (the snooping ladies)”: pleasant conversation between neighbors during the afternoon.
3. “The town”: It is a reflection of the emblematic sites of Paso Ancho, like churches, the square and schools. It is the place where characters who walk by gather daily, like children, snow cone sellers, musicians and pets; all as part of the social scheme.
4. “Flora and Fauna”: It is a visual representation of the Red Macaw (Guacamaya), whose common name is used to name the area where the project is located. It also highlights the most important natural wealth in Costa Rica, like volcanoes, rivers, seas and forests.
782 hours of work for art
• The process of painting the murals began on Monday June 20th, 2016.
• It took 782 hours of work
• The lifespan of the murals is 25 years.
• Lanco Paints contributed with 50% of the cost of 200 gallons of paint used.
• Grupo GEA provided the lighting of the murals.
• Work was done in the early morning when the rain allowed, because moisture prevented the placement of paint.
Parks and green areas
The opening of the overpass will come along other works, like cleaning of public spaces and green areas in Los Geranios neighborhood. They were remodeled by Constructora MECO, who thanks to a volunteering day, removed debris from a park near the works and installed new spaces for interaction and enjoyment of residents.