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Local artists begin 'Inderrumbable' mural project in Peru

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  • Morbo Galeria
  • Atlanta natives Nathan Tavel and Kyle Nielsen are working on a multiple mural project in Peru.



Atlanta artists Nathan Tavel and Kyle Nielsen are spending a few months in Peru, working on a mural project titled "Inderrumbable."

Inderrumbable, in Spanish, roughly means 'unable to be knocked down.' This is an appropriate choice for their project since it will take place in El Carmen, Peru; a town plagued with destruction after being at the epicenter of an earthquake in 2007. Despite the fact that the earthquake hit almost five years ago, some of El Carmen is still covered in piles of rubble and debris.

Tavel and Nielsen's plans are to use murals, incorporated with positive text and imagery collected from the people of El Carmen, to help uplift the spirits of the community.

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  • Inderrumbable Project
  • Nathan Tavel painting a sign for a local restaurant.



In an interview with Lenny Correa, Tavel elaborates on how something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can help a city heal.

"For El Car­men we wanted these murals to speak more towards all the peo­ple there and of the town’s history. We want the phrases and imagery to come from the locals as well. And while yes we aren’t re-building the whole town, I feel the murals will bring color and pos­i­tive energy to the town to assist in the growth of El Carmen," Tavel says.

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  • Inderrumbable Project
  • Tavel and a girl collaborate on a mural, translated to English, "That so cute brunette."



Nielsen shares a similar view on the project as Tavel. "We want to meet these peo­ple and pick their brain. We want to know what their desires are, be told local fables, see por­traits of local leg­ends, hear words of wis­dom that are passed down from grand­moth­ers, and most impor­tantly, fig­ure out what has kept every­one here together in El Car­men. Peo­ple are liv­ing in tents and strug­gling to rebuild. We aren’t builders, we are painters so the most we can do is try and give them images that are so per­sonal they will be reminded of their past but also pos­i­tively influ­ence their future," Nielsen tells Correa.



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