Anyone who likes comic books or movies inspired by comics knows that even superheroes, at some point, need help. And in Curitiba Spider-Man is asking for the population’s contribution. For four months, present daily at the fountain on Rua XV de Novembro, in downtown Curitiba, the artist João Ricardo Pagini recently released an appeal on social media for the population to value street art, in addition to having created a virtual crowdfunding to get save money and buy a cotton candy machine.
The post, made on Tuesday by João in the Facebook group “Não Recommend / Recommend in Curitiba !!!” quickly gained attention. By the end of yesterday afternoon, there were almost 3 thousand likes and more than 500 comments, most of them encouraging the artist to continue with his work on the street. A job that started about three years ago, when he still lived in Santa Catarina (in the capital Florianópolis) and had cosplay only as a hobby.
“I got to know the work as a street artist when a friend who was already doing this type of work asked me to go one day with him. At the time, I was Captain America and he was Spider-Man. Then I started working alone and got to know more about street art”, says the artist, who almost every day (the exceptions are rainy or very cold days) is on Rua XV, at the water fountain in front of the C&A store. , from 12 noon to 6 pm. “I’m doing what I like, which is working with this art.”
According to João, from children to adults, they have fun with their work. It’s the little ones, however, who are most enchanted, let themselves be more involved by the magic of art (and by the spider’s webs, in this case). “When kids see me as Spider-Man, they see the superhero right up front. I talk to them, give them a hug, an encouragement. This fascinates me, enchants me, brings me emotion”, comments Peter Parker of the araucarias.
Any contribution is welcome, even a “thank you” is worth it.
For his work, João does not make any kind of charge. What he asks for are contributions, given from the heart and according to the amount that anyone can donate. “A ‘thank you’ is often already important. A friendly word, a polite word, a hug… I’ve already made my day”, explains the artist, also emphasizing that what he does is not charity, but work, effectively.
“Many people don’t understand that my work is an art and that it’s a job. It’s a big effort to be here, I have to rest well the day before, often I don’t eat anything before leaving and while I’m here I don’t eat or drink anything, so I don’t have to go to the bathroom. It is very tiring to stand and do the poses.”
Anyone who wants and can help can find Spider-Man on 15th Street, Monday through Saturday. In addition, the artist is also asking for contributions through PIX ([email protected]) and created a virtual crowdfunding (www.vakinha.com.br/3130601) to buy a cotton candy machine. “Yesterday I had already gotten half the amount I need and today I saw that a little more came in. It is very gratifying when people recognize your work. And street art is my job, my vocation”, celebrates João.