SOY RAÍZ

2022
Quito, Ecuador

“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.

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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.

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PARTICIPATION

For “SOY RAÍZ,” the neighbors’ chosen design, we understood the retaining walls and the court as a single element to deploy the piece.

To develop the three graphic proposals and subsequent voting, we worked with more than 80 neighbors in a community process coordinated by the Al Borde collective and IMP.

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.

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The winning design superimposed the words SOY (I AM) and RAIZ (ROOT).
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Initial survey with the neighbors of Cerro de la Libertad.
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Voting day for the selection of the winning design.
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Information and credits
  • Total intervention area: 1.000 m2 aprox
  • Plastic paint and sports coating on concrete and stone
  • Project developed within the project Caminarte
  • Promoted by Instituto Metropolitano de Patrimonio, in partnership with Embajada Española en Ecuador.
  • Thanks to the team of the Spanish Embassy in Ecuador: Elena Madrazo, Pablo Pérez Guerreira, and Rebeca Roca.
  • Thanks to the Metropolitan Institute of Heritage team: Angélica Arias, Gina Barrera, and Mercedes Cárdenas.
  • Thanks to Ricardo Suárez, Dani, Mrs. Alexandra, and all the neighbors of Barrio de la Cima de la Libertad and to all the volunteers who came to collaborate on the project.
  • Studio support: Irene García
  • Execution team: Javier Ballesteros, Jorge Muñoz
  • Photographs by Boa Mistura
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