EVOCA1. Imperishable Relics, 2015
Mural in Magdalenenstraße 20, Vienna.
In the late 1940’s, Hitler ordered a series of flak towers to be constructed in Germany and Austria to defend against air attacks and serve as shelters. With walls up to 3.5m thick, the structures were made so indestructible they still remain today. Many see these towers as an eye sore but others see them as a reminder of a dark past never to be repeated.
Many of the towers still remain empty, however a few have been redesigned to give them a new life. In 1957, the flak tower located only a few blocks from the mural was repurposed to be an aquarium. The former bunker is now a place dedicated to preserving a diversity of (animal) life and the imparting of knowledge. The mural tells the story of how the neighborhood of Mariahilf not only rose from all the challenges history subjected it to, but also how it turned the horrors of its past into a bright, positive and multifaceted future.
Elio Mercado is a widely recognized Dominican-born figurative painter, street artist, designer and activist who is motivated by the agenda to merge art and humanity into a single creation. Working under an artistic pseudonym of Evoca1, this Miami-based artist brings vivid imagery to urban spaces that often speaks about the experiences of his youth in the Dominican Republic. Self-taught in a wide range of media (muralism being a forte), Evoca1 brings a deep and distinctive sensibility to the walls he works on around the world – this distinctive sensibility is the result of the intensely empathic quality of his work and Mercado’s efforts of combining art with the acts of social conscience.