Sep 26

PHOTO GALLERY. 26th Street: Bogota´s Giant Graffiti Gallery

 

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.

 

alien scooter

 

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.

 

octupus tricycle

 

We start off with a series of cartoon-inspired tricyclists, plying their way determinately towards La Candelaria.

 

graffiti monster buildings

 

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?

 

balloon skater 2

 

There´s always hope, though. This giant urban angel is a picture of bold determination.

 

graffiti baby
Sow cleanly and harvest your ideas.

 

An absolutely massive baby is under investigation. Are we using clean fuel for our imagination?

 

Hope.

 

 

Somewhere between hope and waiting, this indigenous woman possesses wisdom that could change the way we see what´s behind our gritty surroundings.

 

graffiti jaguar skeletons

 

An impassive, powerful jaguar looks on as ancient fossils rise up to the surface. What else do we dredge up with them?

 

Weaving hope.

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.

 

graffiti bath

 

A pacific oasis right in the middle of the bustling, grimy capital?

 

graffiti mum

 

 

 

Constituents for peace. Peace with bread.

 

Waiting for the moment when the doves of peace can be released.

 

4 150 000 victims forcibly displaced. Memory.

 

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.

 

 

3026 victims from the social movement: 95% impunity. 3600 victims from the Union Patriotica: 97% impunity.

 

Other things the city needs to remember: those fighting for political change killed with impunity. The vulnerable walk on.

 

graffiti mining skeletons

 

What lies beneath the soil. A striking example of how powerful, haunting and immediate street art can be.

 

graffiti alien mural 1

 

A particularly busy and detailed piece.

 

jaime bridge

 

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.

 

 

graffiti jaime complete

 

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.

 

view outbound

 

The view of the manic out-bound traffic, and the new, enormous, world-class art gallery.

 

Equalidiversity.

One thought on “PHOTO GALLERY. 26th Street: Bogota´s Giant Graffiti Gallery

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