Two photographers are looking to find the true essence of Barcelona by taking 1000 portraits shot randomly over the course of a weekend (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Inspired by a similar project undertaken in London, London Thousand Portraits; the pair set out on June 20th and 21st to take the pictures which we have not been retouched or cropped and were taken using natural light in order to give us the viewer the "true face of Barcelona". The pair are now in contact with the Ayuntamiento in order to try and publish a book but you can view the shots on the photo-sharing website Flickr. The project is set to continue in New York and Buenos Aires.
The amount of water consumed domestically by the residents of Barcelona has fallen by 22 litres per day per person according to a report published by the Entidad del Medioambiente del AMB (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The report revealed that in 1998 in the 33 municipalities of the Barcelona area on average, each person used 131.6 litres every day where as the figure in 2008 was set at 109.9 litres. Plus of the 1.6 million tons of waste generated in 2008 (1.42 pounds per person per day) 33 percent of it was recycled compared with 31 percent in the previous year, 2007. Francesc Narváez, the president of the Entidad del Medioambiente del AMB said that this figure is still off the calculated 50 percent of waste they wish to be recycled by the year 2016. He said this aim was "an unwavering goal".
Please read our May article about the new desalinasation plant opened recently that hopes to put an end to the drought problem by producing drinkable water from the sea. Drinking Seawater
Around 30 businesses in the Guinardó area of Barcelona have launched a scheme alongside the Ayuntamiento that allows local graffiti artists to paint murals on their shutters in an attempt to curb vandalism (article in Castilian, El Pais). Three entities of business owners, the Consejo de Gremios, la Fundación Barcelona Comercio and the PIMEC have undertaken the project in order to try and cut out the signature-tagging and scibbles that are commonly found on the shutters. The plan entitled, La cara ben neta i polida is an attempt to clean vandalised shutters and replace them with murals painted by local graffiti artists. Marc and Pau Garcia were responsible for coordinating a group of artists and merchants in the area to decorate the blinds by order. Rocío García who owns a pharmacy in the area claims that " We are very happy because they have done something entertaining and the customers like it".