The roots of Vinyols and els Arcs, traced on a wall

Vineyards, olive trees and agriculture, in general, form part of the origins of Vinyols and els Arcs, although little remains. A mural in the new roundabout between the Sant Joan road and the Parc Samà road recalls this past: ten people with baskets full of olives during the harvest. The original image was made in the 1960s. The current graphite, the result of two full days of work by the Barcelona artist Roc Black Block.

This is just one of a total of four murals that are already part of the 'Our roots, our origins' project, launched last year by the City Council. "What we wanted was for people to know where we come from, both visitors, but especially neighbors," emphasizes the Councilor for Tourism, Teresa Garcia.

The first step was to make an appeal through social networks, "looking for photographs related to the vineyard", as the Councilor for Communication, Marta Aubaó, recalls. And it is that the origin of the name of the municipality comes from 'vinya', "although the crop was totally lost with phylloxera", she recalls. In this line no images were found, but the neighbors did send photographs of other crops, also largely related to the nucleus. "The one that seemed most suitable to us was this one from the 1960s, because it is a group of townspeople, having breakfast during the olive harvest," says Garcia. In July 2021, Roc Black Block captured the photography on a wall and thus, the project began to work.

It was quickly expanded with a second mural, this time only written, which reads: «Our roots, our origins», accompanied by a quote from Miquel Martí i Pol, and a year later –last June–, the project continued to grow. This time by the hand of the artist Nuri Mariné, with Vinyola roots. Here the most ancestral origin was sought, that of the vineyards, and the entire wine process was captured on a wall in the lower part of Plaza del President Lluís Companys: from the vineyard, at the harvest, the pious and until it is consumed. In fact, and as the two councilors recall, the drawing was made in the context of the first Vinyols i els Arcs Wine Festival, held in June.

The fourth mural materialized this September and recalls the old laundries that disappeared 30 years ago. "This image was very clear to us from the beginning," they highlight. As the space was torn down, "we had to put up a wall" and that is where Roc Black Block has immortalized a place that, for generations, was a meeting point.

For now, it is not determined what the next intervention will be. And it is that the idea is not to fill the municipality with murals either, but to reproduce an image of special interest in the place where it most fits.

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