Mercedes Sánchez Pons, responsible for the restoration of the first pardoned graffiti of El Carmen in Valencia

Mercedes Sánchez Pons, a researcher at the Valencia Heritage Restoration Institute, has been in charge of carrying out a technical study with an operational proposal for the extraction and transfer of a characteristic painting from the Barrio del Carmen in Valencia. The case is being studied through a teaching collaboration from the Master of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Assets of the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

It is a graffiti portrait dedicated to the British artist David Bowie made by the Valencian Jesús Arrúe, which since its creation has been considered one of the most popular and representative works of urban art in Valencia.

The painting was located on a temporary enclosing wall of a building on Calle Beneficencia in Valencia that was at risk due to the purchase and renovation of the property. At this time, a campaign began on social networks with the hashtag #salvemosgraffitibowie that echoed until it reached the Consorci de Museus, who have paid for its extraction and transfer, carried out by the construction company Edicantos, to the Carmen Center for Contemporary Culture (CCCC). where it will remain for about a year.