Regional Government of Madrid decorates Santa Domingo underground station in Caribbean style
The Regional Government of Madrid has decorated the underground station of Santo Domingo – on Line 2, on display as from today – in the Caribbean style of the Dominican Republic, thanks to a mural produced by the fine art and mural artist from that country - Wanda Cortorreal – displaying the music, beaches, and flora and fauna of the island.
The Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, David Pérez, and the Ambassador to Spain of the Dominican Republic, Juan Bolívar Díaz Santana, attended the event to inaugurate the mural, which took seven days to create in the station by a six-man team. The size of the mural is 18 x 1.74 metres, painted with spray paint and acrylic paint.
The initiative is framed within the holding of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR), taking place from tomorrow until 23 January, at which the Dominican Republic will enjoy a special role as the FITUR Partner this year. The Embassy of the Dominican Republic chose Santo Domingo station to host this action, thus bringing the culture and art of this country to underground users.
As well as the creation presented today, the Madrid underground has more than 140 artistic works distributed around its network, with a view to spreading and promoting culture among its users along with the fight for various social causes. This includes murals in Colombia station, created in situ by several artists from this South American country. This action was framed within the events to celebrate the 80th edition of the Madrid Book Fair, at which Colombia was the guest country.
Another example is the mural in Plaza de Castilla station, created by the illustrator Paco Roca in tribute to the elderly in the fight against COVID-19, and the 300 square metres given over to Paco de Lucía in the station that takes his name. One of the most traditional works was created by the architect and cartoonist David Cárdenas in La Latina station, in tribute to another leading figure in Spanish culture - Lina Morgan.
Metro de Madrid is not only decorating with murals, but also has many themed stations for different reasons. Over recent months, for example, Manuela Malasaña station, on Line 12 (MetroSur), has been decorated with illustrated portraits by 18 of the most important women in the history of science, culture and the fight for equality.
On other stops on the underground, you can enjoy the reproduction of Don Quixote on the station walls (Plaza de España), some of the most emblematic works by Mingote (Rubén Darío) and the work Fortunata y Jacinta by Benito Pérez Galdós (Ríos Rosas).
Most of these creations can be seen on the website and official apps of Metro de Madrid, which recently incorporated a guide to offer users the whole artistic offer of cultural interest of the Madrid underground.