“SOY RAÍZ” (I AM ROOT) is a collaborative mural painting project located at the Cima de la Libertad, in which more than 250 neighbors and students from Quito participated voluntarily. A piece that integrally covers more than 1,000 m2 of the sports field and the two adjoining retaining walls.
The work projects the words “SOY RAÍZ” superimposed, generating color interactions that alter in each of the four sectors into which the piece is divided.
“SOY RAÍZ” proposes a look at the rootedness that establishes the foundations of freedom and a new look to the future, celebrating the union between Spain and Ecuador 200 years after the battle of Pichincha.
An embryo in which each person has participated is the root of a new future sprouting.
CIMA DE LA LIBERTAD
The Cima de la Libertad is a decisive place in the history of Ecuador. In 1822, this hill was the scene of the Battle of Pichincha, culminating in the city’s liberation, establishing the roots of the country’s independence. Today, 200 years later, the Cima de la Libertad is one of the communities most excluded from the social dynamics of the rest of the city.
We chose the neighborhood’s sports field, intending to recover the neighborhood’s appropriation of a space canceled since the pandemic.
For “SOY RAÍZ,” the neighbors’ chosen design, we understood the retaining walls and the court as a single element to deploy the piece.
More than 250 people participated in the execution of the work, both from the Cima de la Libertad community and from other parts of the city, schools, colleges, and universities, to break down this invisible barrier and build a bridge through an artistic piece.
Symbolically, it represents the root of a new beginning for Cima de la Libertad, a meeting point based not on confrontation but on cooperation, solidarity, and what unites us as human beings.