The Region pays tribute to the elderly with a mural by Paco Roca at the Plaza de Castilla Metro station
The Region of Madrid pays tribute to the elderly, one of the groups most affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), with a mural by Valencian illustrator Paco Roca installed in one of the corridors of the Metro de Madrid Plaza de Castilla station, one of the network’s busiest.
The Regional Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure and President of Metro de Madrid, Ángel Garrido, inaugurated the work today together with the artist, to mark Grandparents Day this Sunday.
"With this mural, we want to recognise the essential role that the elderly have in our society as conveyors of knowledge, help and love to the younger generations. But, above all, we want it to become a symbol of the struggle and the effort that the elderly have made during this pandemic, since it has been the most sensitive and vulnerable group," Garrido stressed.
The large mural (8 metres long and 1.90 metres high) will be permanently installed in Plaza de Castilla station as a reminder and to provide visibility for the elderly. It reflects a scene of everyday life in a park with the elderly as the absolute protagonists along with children and grandchildren, evoking those same images, full of tenderness and affection, when they were younger.
The author of the work, Paco Roca, currently leads the list of Spanish and Latin American nominees for the Eisner awards, known as the Oscar of comics, for his work La Casa, a graphic novel published in 2015.
Last year, Roca received the Inkpot Award for The Furrows of Chance at the prestigious Comic-Con in San Diego, the convention dedicated to the universe of comics, the most important in the United States and one of the most relevant in the world.
One of his best known comics, Wrinkles, was made into a film in 2011 by Ignacio Ferreras and won the Goya for best animated film and best adapted script.
He is the author of many more outstanding works, such as Las calles de arena (2008); El invierno del dibujante (2010), which won the Prize at the Saló del Cómic de Barcelona, the Madrid Expocómic Prize or the Treviso Comic Book Festival Prize; or the trilogy Un hombre en pijama (comprised by the stories Memorias de un hombre en pijama, Andanzas de un hombre en pijama and Confesiones de un hombre en pijama), a compilation of the pages published in the newspaper Las Provincias and in El País Semanal.