May 29, 2012 - Posted by Erin in Spain, Travel

“Luce! Luce!” I shout, staring down at my feet while in Valencia’s Plaza del Ayuntamiento. My amiga Heather has already jetted across the street, looking back at me confused as I whip my camera out to snap shots of the ground.

“It’s Luce!” I say as I run to meet her, pointing out stickers scattered all along the marble sidewalks. Heather quickly catches on. After all, she’s no stranger to my over-the-top enthusiasm for Valencia street art.

Only about six months ago, I dragged her all over the city so that I could do research on its top artists for an article I wrote for Off Track Planet. In doing so, I became a semi-expert on spotting urban masterpieces in Spain’s third largest city, developing an eye for favorites like Hyuro, Julieta and of course Escif (whose art I even happened upon in the streets of San Francisco). Now, wandering around Valencia I feel like I’m on a secret scavenger hunt to find nuggets of genius street art expression hiding in the most unexpected places.

And on this most recent trip, I did just that, discovering a jackpot of work by the artist Luce. He breaks urban art molds by going rather untraditional; from stickers splashed across city sidewalks to wood installations pegged to exposed building beams.

He also takes an unconventional and, in my opinion, refreshing approach to tagging. Instead of lazily scrawled letters littering every imaginable town corner, he opts for a simple monochrome block font. Always strategically placed, his name just seems to fit in. The big bold script compliments its surroundings instead of tainting them.

After many return visits, Valencia has become a sort of playground for me, filled with more than just sunny terrazas, flower-boxed balconies, and paella-serving restaurants. The city breathes art, which evolves, changes and gets swapped out with new surprises as quickly as the seasons. I can’t wait to find out what I’ll discover on my next visit.

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6 Responses to “Luce! Luce!”

  1. Lauren of Spanish Sabores Says:

    So cool! Street art is such a special way to connect with a city. When I was in Valencia a few years ago I wasn’t even aware… next time I’ll have my eye out. Luce’s style is really interesting too– the wooden door is awesome.

  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures Says:

    This is SO awesome!!!! Now whenever I see the word “luce” I will think of you! 🙂

  3. Erin Says:

    @Lauren – indeed it is! I wish I knew more about Madrid street art. That will be my next mission.

    @Andi – may you come to Valencia and think of me a lot ;). Hehe.

  4. Patrick Says:

    Valencia has so much and always changing.The Barrio Carmen has probably more art than the whole of El Prado. Ok so that’s a small exaggeration! but its does have some great stuff. I have quite a few photos as I live so near!

  5. LUCE Says:

    Thanks, i put this in facebook!

  6. Erin Says:

    LUCE!!!!! I’m blushing and excited and starstruck like a teenager who’s just met Justin Bieber! Thanks for stopping by my site, and thanks for the shout out – made my day! Eres un crack!

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