The first year high school students from IES La Laboral, in the Arts category, have won first prize in the urban art contest organized by the Department of Historical Heritage of the Lagunero City Council. With their graffiti The Starry Lagoon, inspired by the famous painting by Van Gogh, the group of students has taken as recognition the possibility of capturing their drawing on a wall about five meters long by two meters high, located on Lora street. and Tamayo, next to the institute.
The Viera and Clavijo and Marina Cebrián institutes obtained the second and third place, respectively.
The students were, during the morning of last Friday, preparing their work and putting into practice the techniques learned through the educational program My city in graffiti, an initiative promoted from the area directed by Elvira Jorge, to prevent vandalism graffiti in the assets and raise awareness among Lagune youth about the importance of caring for the wealth of heritage.
This project, of which the contest is a part, is aimed at students from the municipality’s public institutes. In this fourth edition – managed by the Adaris Canarias Association and carried out with the support of the Department of the Environment and the urban artists Rayco Pérez, Alexander Carballo and Xerach Jaimon – some 500 schoolchildren and 50 fourth-year ESO teachers have participated. , first year of Baccalaureate and the Learning and Performance Improvement Program.
In this edition, which ended last November, a total of 28 drawings were presented, among which three were recognized.
Elvira Jorge celebrated “the great reception of this year, in which we have been able to recover this important action once again, after the 2020 hiatus due to the pandemic.” With this initiative, what is sought “is that the youth of La Laguna know how to discern between what are vandalism graffiti, with serious damage to heritage, and urban art, which can fully coexist with the preservation of our legacy,” he explained. .
In order for them to “acquire a greater awareness, in a playful way, about the need to take care of our wealth”, the educational project allows students to “enhance their skills and creativity and put into practice the techniques with the spray of the hand. of urban artists ”.
The first phase of the program includes a guided tour of the helmet, so that the students know its most emblematic elements and understand the deterioration that this type of incivility can cause.