Carys Wilson 2018

map of all of the Riu d’art artworks

‘Take time, walk slow, notice the treasures all around you’

I started my mural by walking, looking, collecting and drawing plants along the way. I walked both in and around the village of Riba-roja d’Ebre and along the river Ebro. Finding beauty and interest in both plants that are “cared” and the weeds and wild fauna.

Being in an unfamiliar environment makes me look more closely. I try to look as if it is the first time I have seen something.

Deciphering forms, color and line I used charcoal from the Juniper tree to draw with. This create my initial drawings, ideas and compositions. Its oily nature makes it brilliant to use as a drawing tool. The concept of the work is to encourage people to slow down and observe the beauty which is all around them.

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The best way to experience the Riu d’art Open Air Gallery is with a guided tour! The Riba Rocks association members offer guided tours in either English, Catalan or Spanish. A perfect activity for all the family. (Tours are free, although a donation to the association would be greatly appreciated.)

We offer guided tours throughout the summer months. The tour is completed in two parts, a morning stroll and an evening walk. With a long lunch and siesta break in between. If you would like to book a guided tour fill in the form below.

If you are visiting Riba-roja d’Ebre and would like to stay, we can recommended accommodation. Riba Rocks can arrange lunch for you at a local bar or restaurant as part of the day tour. The tour offers you an insight into the background of each artist and the concept behind their work in Riba-roja d’Ebre.

It is a great way of seeing the beautiful, village streets and other sites along the way. You will be given your own map which indicates where each artwork can be found. You can then revisit or recommend to a friend!

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