The Cultural Council has launched a campaign to renovate the various murals with different facades in the Old Town. The project began with work on the mural in the Plaza del Mosquit, painted by Elías Úrbez in 1990.
In order to carry out this initiative, agreements were signed with the owners before work began, as the mural is privately owned on a façade. The mural was also redesigned by Elías Úrbez himself in order to adapt the opening of two small windows to the original project.
The renovation of the façade and the scaffolding were awarded to the company Akra and the professors of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Altea, David Trujillo, Iván Albalate and José Antonio Hinojos. They will be responsible for the restoration of the mural. The whole process counts with the approval and advice from Elías Úrbez and his son Jordi Úrbez. The works are carried out using special solar silicate paints, which hold on to old mortars and retain their properties and colour despite solar radiation and weather conditions.
The project has a total budget of €40,000 and will be completed by the end of the year. The City Council for Culture, led by Pilar Cabrera, has highlighted the commitment of the Úrbez family and the cooperation of the inhabitants in restoring a symbolic mural, as it is one of the most visited and photographed corners of the Old Town.
The campaign to restore the old town paintings will continue in the coming months with the mural painted by Pierre Le Fleur in 1989, located in Santísimo Cristo and Reverendo Penalva Street opposite the Torreó de la Peça.