Drawing on walls isn´t particularly new. In fact, it´s often taken as one of the first readily-noticeable markers of human civilisation. From those horses in ancient French caves to mouthless gods in outback Australia, we´ve been articulating our beliefs, preoccupations, and joy on the walls at hand ever since. However, very recently, Bogota has turned up the sound of its graffiti a tad.
26th Street, which links the historic heart of the city, La Candelaria, to Bogotá´s major cemetery, university and airport is now a truly impressive, enormous art gallery.
Like any art gallery, it has been commissioned and curated painstakingly. A handful of the best artists from Bogotá´s thriving, talented, and diverse graffiti community won government grants to bring their work to new heights. Here today, we bring you our selection of the final, staggering outcome.
We start off with a series of cartoon-inspired tricyclists, plying their way determinately towards La Candelaria.
Unfortunately for them, if they don´t watch where they´re going, they´ll all get eaten up by a GIANT GREEN MONSTER! Innocent, fanciful, unknowing citizens getting swallowed by the urban complex?
There´s always hope, though. This giant urban angel is a picture of bold determination.
An absolutely massive baby is under investigation. Are we using clean fuel for our imagination?
Somewhere between hope and waiting, this indigenous woman possesses wisdom that could change the way we see what´s behind our gritty surroundings.
An impassive, powerful jaguar looks on as ancient fossils rise up to the surface. What else do we dredge up with them?
This giant piece, bookended by the totemic jaguar and our future hope, shows different alternatives for feeding our imagination. We have a choice to make.
A pacific oasis right in the middle of the bustling, grimy capital?
Waiting for the moment when the doves of peace can be released.
A displaced family make their reluctant way toward Bogotá, with their home stories achingly close behind them. Those already in the city must remember, too.
Other things the city needs to remember: those fighting for political change killed with impunity. The vulnerable walk on.
What lies beneath the soil. A striking example of how powerful, haunting and immediate street art can be.
A particularly busy and detailed piece.
The visage of Jaime Garzon, comedian, politician and martyr, has smiled down on 26th Street with all his characteristic irony, quick-wittedness and benevolence for a good while now.
He is now joined by a troop of strikingly different feet, all walking together on the same path. Fernando from Bogotravel Bike Tours first hinted to me that they could be walking the roads of diversity and equality together.
The view of the manic out-bound traffic, and the new, enormous, world-class art gallery.