Sunday, January 29, 2012

On the Streets of Bogota

A city's street art is a reflection of the times and the people who live there. It's a political statement, social commentary, or simply artistic self-expression. And there's a ton of it in Bogota. 

In Colombia during the 1960's and 70's, public walls were canvases for messages of government resistance. The political statements evolved into poetic graffiti which evolved into free expression that focused more on skill-set rather than a cause. Today, Colombian business owners seek out commissioned artists to decorate their store fronts.

Toxicomano (Toxic Hand) is a band turned street art crew consisting of an artist, a publicist, a sociologist, and an A/V producer. Their (often anti-capitalist) graphics cover the streets of Colombia in Bogota, Cali, and Medellin.

If you're in Bogota and want to know the best graffiti spots or some back story, check out a guided tour.
This one is in English and practically free.

I spy with my little eye a PEZ wall.