JAVIER LOPEZ

CHANGE-MAKER

“When artists came, they slept at our house. The food, we cooked it ourselves. It was that kind of budget event.”

When a proposed toxic waste incinerator threatened to tear a rift through the population of Javier’s home village of Fanzara in Spain, he knew he had to do something.

The answer was the Unfinished Museum of Urban Art – a project that brings together some of the country’s finest street artists to unite villagers under a banner of tolerance towards one another.

Before long, every wall in the village was covered in beautiful paintings that are constantly contributed to by collaborators from around the world, creating ever-changing and unique artworks to be enjoyed by the whole community.

Photographer: Rafa Gascó for the Guardian.