Wednesday, September 4, 2013

On my way to work...

Aboard the MetroPlus in Medellin, along Calle 30, around Universidad de Antioquia and Calle Barranquilla, you will notice a lot of street art. Whilst some of it are just amateur tags, a lot of the murals show considerable skill. I'm not an art buff, never have been, never will, but I think some of these murals are amazing (although I hear there are better in Bogota). As a French quote goes "Murs blancs, peuple muet." (Translation "Blank walls, gagged people.")

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Some have some wise words...

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Unfortunately I don't have a panorama setting and my zoom in on the blink but the quote says "Queda en la vida, nunca te sientas perdida, en algunas veces estarás abajo y en otras estarás arriba." Translation, In life, you should never feel lost. Sometimes you'll be the bottom of the pile and other times, you will be on top."

Other murals have a decidedly more political tone like these:

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The above mural was done in commemoration of 25th November which is Internation Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The writing in the top-left corner reads, "Fight against the system." and makes me want to start singing Public Enemy's Fight the Power

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I almost missed this little stencil but I quite like the design and the message (which needs no translation.)

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What's your opinion of graffiti - art or eyesore? Where do you think has the best street art?

4 comments:

  1. I loved Medellin, and I definitely thought the graffiti was heartfelt art :-) I especially remember the vivid graffiti when you take the teleferico up to the hills and the slums. Nice shots!

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  2. I love the graffiti here, I really think it adds to the place! Oh I've yet to take the metrocable but I hear it's probably one of the best and cheapest ways to see Medellin. Another thing to add to add to my never-ending list of things to do before I leave!

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  3. I generally love graffiti. It can be an eyesore, but it's usually an example of very impressive artistic talent. By far the best place I've ever been for graffiti is Valparaiso in Chile. If you get the chance, check it out. It's the most colourful place I've ever seen!

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    1. Thanks for the tip Arianwen! I've heard a lot of good things about Valparaiso - hopefully I'll get there when I go to Santiago in July. Rio also had some amazing graffiti in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood - such a shame I never took any photos of it!

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