Graffiti Wall Art in Colombia
Are the days of graffiti being branded as public eyesores destroying the value of properties, eroding the soul of neighbourhoods and categorizing as unsafe behind us? I'll be honest, in the past when I heard the word graffiti, images of old run down buildings in the inner cities of NYC, Detroit, Chicago, and trains covered in paint flashed through my mind. I have always wondered, "why the need to destroy public property all because you want to express yourself on a grandeur scale, and can't stick to pen, paper, easel and or your own space". Some of what I saw was just garbage, and then there were those which made me stop and admire what talent the person has to create that by using spray paint, wow!
Back in that 80's during the breakdance movement graffiti was a way of marking your territory, and identifying yourself as part of a crew, (flashback to Ramo in Beat Street, and Electric Boogaloo), and while that may have been the positive side to it, as with anything good there is the bad.
Moving forward to today graffiti has evolved into an acceptable art form. But only because cities are commissioning artists to create murals for their neighbourhoods as a beautification incentive, I guess it is no longer seen as a horrible eyesore to neighbourhoods when it is being bought and marketed as a profitable product for those involved.
While in Colombia I noticed graffiti in many places, Bogota, Boyaca, Cartagena, and Santa Marta.
This great piece while in Bogota.
Alex Rocha Youth Centre has a beautiful piece identifying his youth centre and safe haven for the children of the community in Cartagena.
While driving through the mountains of Bogota to Villa de Leyva, I believe it was in the town of Boyacá, I awoke to this which covered the building.
Exploring Santa Marta's Old City I came upon this piece.
I'm no artist, I don't disect art into pieces looking for meaning that's just not visible, but I do know what I like.
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