Maltese street artist Twitch has given Malta a treat just in time for Halloween. His latest work is a mural in the Skate Park at Tal-Qroqq that depicts Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and some buddies, as well as Leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia, with a touch of Halloween added in.
Speaking to Lovin Malta, the artist explained his inspiration for the mural.
“I always try to make use of each Halloween season to make fun of a subject – last year it was Hillary and Trump with their crazy rat race covered by all the media, and this year I thought it was appropriate to tackle the local scene since it’s so immersed in scandals,” he said.
This year’s mural took three days to make, and took about nine hours in total.
Apart from Muscat and Delia’s scary transformations in the mural, you can also see that the haunted house itself is under construction.
Social media have reacted in two ways, with some people loving the mural, while others have called it offensive.
For his part, Twitch is used to these extreme reactions to his work.
“All the sensible people seem to like it,” he says, “I haven’t heard any sensible hating. There are people saying that I’m vandalising private property that Joseph is king, or that I’m supporting PN, having obviously not glanced well at the mural. I tried to tackle both sides and Delia is roaming around as a bat, only waiting for the right time to take Joseph’s place.”
Having woken up to see his mural all over the media, he decided to send the mural to Matthew Caruana Galizia, the son of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
“I sent it to Matthew since Daphne had posted some of my stuff on her blog before – the hotter stuff. He loved the mural and said that I’m a pioneer just like his mum, which really means a lot to me,” he said.