Founder of "Weaving the Streets" project Marina Fernandez Ramos lays down one of the canopies made of recycled material to protect people from the intense summer heat in Spain.(Reuters: Isabel Infantes)
The sun beats down on the narrow streets of the Spanish village of Valverde de la Vera, filtered through multi-coloured shades made out of plastic shopping bags and the remains of old advertising billboards.
The canopies provide some reprieve from the sun. (Reuters: Isabel Infantes)
A group of mostly elderly residents have got together to crochet the panels out of recycled materials to decorate their home, protect their neighbours from the scorching heat and do their bit for the environment.
"We value the shade, especially because of the high temperatures that we have had this year, but also because … they were made by people from the village," said Marina Fernandez, a 41-year-old architect and designer.
Ms Fernandez Ramos and her father Manuel display one of the canopies.(Reuters: Isabel Infantes)
Spain has suffered three unusually long heatwaves this summer that have stoked devastating wildfires and exacerbated one of the worst droughts in decades.
A Ukrainian-themed canopy created with recycled material hangs over a street.(Reuters: Isabel Infantes)
Weavers use crochet hooks to wind the plastic into thin strips that are then made into shades and hung over the streets to shield people from the sun.
Some of the shades show images of a woman meeting a man while others are simply a blaze of bright colours.
Rosita Alonso uses recycled material to weave canopies during a workshop.(Reuters: Isabel Infantes)
Manuel Fernandez Sanchez, a 69-year-old retired teacher, said weaving was not just for women in this village of 483 people about 150km west of Madrid.
Mr Fernandez uses recycled materials to weave a blue canopy.(Reuters: Isabel Infantes)
"We are a small community … A public arts project is very interesting for the village from many points of view: social, environmental, from a human point of view,and for tourism," he said as he worked away at another strand of recycled plastic.