Art is a creative expression no matter the form. I’ve always gotten to know a city by it’s street art and advertising, both visually communicating more to me than words ever could. I don’t like it when it’s referred to as graffiti, which has a menacing overtone, which I simply don’t think fits. Maybe it’s the relationship with the word, maybe because of the subversion. Either way, the label tends to downgrade a wonderful express that reflects the culture.
The problem lies herein:
Controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst city officials/law enforcement and graffitists who wish to display and appreciate work in public locations. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing artform whose value is highly contested, reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction.
All I can say is Medellin has some wonderful street art, proudly shared here:
“Eat Me, Miro”
They look like fun creatures
Simplistic, but cute. Love the squiggle signature on the bottom.
Head with twig.
Sophisticated image, of a street “love scene”.
This is from a great wall collage found in the Pobalado neighborhood.
Mermaid and dog dreaming of cat.
Skull and dog.
Read the message I’m pointing to!
Stencil with lovers names in pencil.
Miro building. More of a mural, but I think there’s not much difference in the meaning.
Miro Village. That’s quite special.
Loved this painted pole.
Crayon drawing graffiti.
Wanna “snog” (kiss in British slang) in the park?
Darth Vader on billboard.
I loved how the teeth inside the green box, seem to be nibbling on the pole.
Another travel blogger recently posted his images of street art found in the country’s capital in a post called Bogata, Colombia Graffiti Art. Check it out!