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By Lee Moran

PUBLISHED: 07:54 EST, 30 April 2012 | UPDATED: 08:20 EST, 30 April 2012

Godly graffiti artists are brightening up a Spanish church in a bid to boost morale as the country plunges head-first into a double dip recession.

Rector Ramon Mor drafted in ‘beatific Banksy’ Rudi and his friend House to spray-paint his church with Romanesque murals after spotting their work online.

Mor, at the helm of Santa Eulàlia church in Barcelona’s L’Hospitalet neighbourhood for less than a year, admitted he risked the wrath of his faithful with the move.

Work in progress: Rector Ramon Mor (pictured) drafted in 'beatific Banksy' Rudi and his friend House to spray-paint his church with Romanesque murals after spotting their work online

Work in progress: Rector Ramon Mor (pictured) drafted in ‘beatific Banksy’ Rudi and his friend House to spray-paint his church with Romanesque murals after spotting their work online

Art: Mor, at the helm of Santa Eulàlia church in Barcelona's L'Hospitalet neighbourhood for less than a year, admitted he risked the wrath of his faithful with the move

Art: Mor, at the helm of Santa Eulàlia church in Barcelona’s L’Hospitalet neighbourhood for less than a year, admitted he risked the wrath of his faithful with the move

He also revealed he only secured permission from the Archbishop ‘to decorate’ the interior of the 1957 sacred building, and not specifically to do it with aerosol cans.

But his risk seems to have paid off, with his congregation ‘thrilled’ with the results of the 10-day project – and other churches now getting in touch to see if they can copy.

He said: ‘Rudi presented me with some marvellous, fantastic sketches. He had captured the essence perfectly. It was not a copy and also had an actual message.

‘The church, which has always tried to be modern in ways of expressing its Christian message, cannot stop doing that. This could attract many young people to us.

Street art: Rudi brought urban graffiti into the church with his Romanesque murals

Street art: Rudi brought urban graffiti into the church with his Romanesque murals

Revolutionary: The scenes had to include images of a family from the church’s neighbourhood

Creative: Rudi said he was perplexed when offered the job, but had no hesitation in accepting

Creative: Rudi said he was perplexed when offered the job, but had no hesitation in accepting

‘If people did not know the mural was made by graffiti artists, then due to the quality of the drawings and the size of the brush strokes (so thin and perfect), they would not know at all.

‘Art – whether it’s graffiti, oil paintings, watercolours – well, when it’s good it brings out the best of humanity.’

Rudi, a 38-year-old artist of 20 years who lives in Alicante, said he was perplexed when first asked but had ‘no hesitation’ in accepting the job.

He called his Madrid-based friend House and immediately set about researching how to spray-paint Romanesque images.

His brief was to include pictures of the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, the church’s patron saint Santa Eulàlia and a family that symbolised the faithful of the working class barrio of L’Hospitalet.

He said: ‘We had to analyse the expressions, the looks. We studied the Romanesque ways, the brush strokes, the plain colours and how to paint it in a dome so it looked good from below.

‘All of the mural was made with aerosols, apart from a bit of brushed in black to give it the touch of the style.’

Head for heights: Rudi and House had to research how to spray-paint Romanesque images before starting the job

Head for heights: Rudi and House had to research how to spray-paint Romanesque images before starting the job

Brief: The brief was to include pictures of the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, the church's patron saint Santa Eulàlia and a family that symbolised the faithful of the working class barrio of L'Hospitalet

Brief: The brief was to include pictures of the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, the church’s patron saint Santa Eulàlia and a family that symbolised the faithful of the working class barrio of L’Hospitalet

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