Mexican Street Art Collaboration From Cix Mugre, Spike Spaik & Libre HEM In Shoreditch

A couple of weeks back Shoreditch provided the canvas for a trio of visiting Mexican artists, namely Cix Mugre, Spike Spaik and Libre HEM, who hit out a truly incredible lengthy collaborative mural along the newest hoardings on Great Eastern Street, put up with support from Global Street Art as part of their ongoing Walls Project.

This is certainly a stunning piece, with lots going on this work which really generates a sense of story, driven by time and movement. The work which was painted through a combination of spray paint and brush work from each of the artists, showcases a range of styles and technique ranging from more cartoon driven folk art to warm painterly tones, punctuated by a bright and vibrant colour palette, very typical of South American art, that superbly fuses together as one piece.

While we have to say we don’t entirely get to whole message behind the piece, other than the work depicting some sort of battle within a folk culture framework, portrayed through a strong sense of surrealism, we were however fortunate enough to be able to discuss the work with a good friend of ours of Mexican descent, who kindly gave us some exceptionally interesting insight into the work. To whom we would very much like to say a big thank you to Maria727.

The piece appears to depict the conflicting existence and plight of the indigenous and the modern Mexican cultures. On the left side you have the indigenous fighters who are trying to heal the land and elements in order to maintain their culture remaining rooted with the world, offering a far contrast from what has become of the current situation in mexico. The two people on the left riding towards their world, which recedes away before them, are offering gifts to the earth in return for prosperity, for they appreciate, respect and depend upon the worth of the land. The two seemingly demonic fighters behind them, appear to represent their spirits, the soul of the two warm characters bearing gifts to the earth, offering protection and ready to battle their plight.

On the modernized side you have a rich modern culture which is seemingly clashing with an industrialized society, perhaps shown best on the far left with the structures imposed upon and beginning to dominate the very shape of nature as shown on the deers which have transformed into building formations. As the people try to escape their situation, they are trying to drag along their culture, or that which is left of it, to be preserved in a battle against time, punctuated by a strong sense of Mexican tradition with the almost carnivalesque overtones of the central part of the work by Spike Spaik.

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Cix Mugre at work early on in the piece.

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Spike Spaik at work early on in the piece.

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Initial outlines down from Libre HEM.

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The tools of the trade, ready for action.

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The stunning finished three part mural. Just incredible.

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Work by Cix Mugre.

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Work by Cix Mugre.

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Detail of work by Cix Mugre.

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Detail of work by Cix Mugre.

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Detail of work by Cix Mugre.

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Detail of work by Cix Mugre.

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Work by Cix Mugre.

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Work by Cix Mugre & Spike Spaik.

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Work by Spike Spaik.

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Work by Spike Spaik.

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Work by Spike Spaik.

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Detail of work by Spike Spaik.

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Detail of work by Spike Spaik.

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Detail of work by Spike Spaik.

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Detail of work by Spike Spaik & Libre Hem.

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Detail of work by Spike Spaik.

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Work by Libre HEM.

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Work by Libre HEM.

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Detail of work by Libre HEM.

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Detail of work by Libre HEM.

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Detail of work by Libre HEM.

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Detail of work by Libre HEM.

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Detail of work by Libre HEM.

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Detail of work by Libre HEM.

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Detail of work by Libre HEM.

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