In 2011, police shot dead a 16 year old street artist in Colombia’s capital city, Bogota. Outrage fuelled protests followed, prompting City Hall to decriminalise street art, putting an end to a historical conflict between police and artists. Bogota’s vibrant street art scene is now free to grow and a must see on many a travellers’ bucket list when visiting Colombia.
With Colombia named as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries to visit in 2017 and the recent excellent news of the country’s historic peace deal, revisiting memories from my visit in 2014 has been irresistible for me. It’s in my personal top 5 countries I’ve been lucky to visit on my travels. There are so many reason’s for this, but let’s start with a colourful one: Bogota’s street art.
Street Art is is legal in Bogota, which means artists are able to create huge intricate pieces of work without fear of getting moved on or arrested. They no longer need to quickly paint in the middle of the night (although this does sound an exciting way of doing it), but can work openly during the day. This has attracted a number of artists to the city and means there’s huge variety in the art they produce.
If you know me, you’ll know how much I love the street art around Latin America so I was very excited to learn more when I visited Bogota. Australian artist, Crisp, lives in Bogota and runs an excellent street art walking tour around the city. It gives an insight into the history, artists, and the different types of work you can see – many of which would be easy to miss with untrained eyes!
The horrible history of street art becoming legal has at least a little silver lining in that the city is now brimming with colour and many people celebrate and encourage artists to paint on their walls.
Whether you love street art or think it’s all just unsightly grafitti, when visiting Bogota it’s a part of the culture and worth checking out. A walking tour can be a great way to find your bearings in what can be a bit of an intimidating city, as well as giving insight into the social and political issues of Colombia.
Here’s a taster…
Sculpture Street Art
Murals are a part of the city
Large murals are found all over the city, and are a beautiful part of everyday life
Street Art with a Message
Father and Sons
Decorating the city
You can follow Crisp on Instagram here for some top street art posta. Plus our very own #wanderfulwednesday host blogger Marcella from What a Wonderful World is a favourite source of street art pictures from around the world. Marcella is also on instagram.
What’s your favourite city for street art?
This post is part of the Wanderful Wednesday blog hop!