“24% UNEMPLOYED” by ABOVE

“Artist ABOVE created this mural in Zaragoza, Spain for the 7th annual International art festival ASALTO. This piece was developed to create awareness of the unemployment rate in Spain.

‘Spain is the Eurozone’s 4th largest economy, however one in four people in Spain are unemployed. In August 2012, Spain’s unemployment rate reached 24.4%, twice the euro-zone average. Even more shocking is the unemployment rate for those under 25 years old, is a staggering 53%! As of September 2012 there are 4,600,000 people without jobs in Spain. An unemployment rate of 24% or 25% puts a country about where the U.S. was during the 1930s during the Great Depression. In September 2012 Spain breaks the world record and has the highest unemployment anywhere in the world!’

ABOVE is an international street artist who has deliberately chosen to keep his identity concealed. He was born in California in 1981 and has been creating public art since 1995. Above is known for his multi-layer, full color social and political stencils, spinning wooden arrow-shaped kinetic art installations, and large text-based painted murals. Above’s artworks regardless of medium usually have a strong message or awareness about social, political or international current events.”

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(via Urbanartivism)