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Floor Art Adorns Decrepit Hotel

Friday, October 7, 2016

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The floor of an abandoned five-star hotel in São Miguel, Portugal, is now adorned with an intricate and expansive spray-painted “tile” design, thanks to artist Javier de Riba and his collaborators.

Floor art
Courtesy of Javier de Riba / Photo by Sara Pinheiro

The floor of a rundown hotel has been restored, but not in a traditional way.

The hotel, Monte Palace, was only open for one year before the doomed foreign investment shuttered. Sources say the grand hotel was built in the 1980s in a remote mountain-top location.

Today, the hotel stands as a monument on the Azores Island, representing excess and overindulgence, de Riba explains on his website.

Monte Palace
Courtesy of Javier de Riba

The abandoned mountain-top hotel overlooks a lake and is accessible by one winding road, sources say.

Turning forlorn floors into vibrant canvases is his specialty.

Much like a screen printer, his work involves the time-consuming application of multiple layers of spray paint applied using stencils.

floor art
Courtesy of Javier de Riba / Photo by Sara Pinheiro

The massive mosaic was created using stencils and layers of spray paint.

“The end result is a trick to the eyes both with materials and placement, one never expecting that spray paint formed the intricate patterns on the dusty floors,” Colossal reports.

For the Monte Palace project, de Riba worked with collaborators Minuskula, Maria Sofia Meirelles and Veronica Bechio.

You can see more of his work and additional project photos on his Instagram page and website.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Artists; Color + Design; Design; Graffiti; Hotels; Murals; Tile

Comment from john lienert, (10/7/2016, 8:12 AM)

repetitive waste of time.....waste of time......waste of time......waste of time.......

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