Bogota Street Art: A Photo Journal
I certainly didn’t picture Bogota to be a colorful cornucopia of graffiti, murals, street art and pastel buildings. Like any major city, it’s got its flaws, but the people, the artists that live here bring Bogota to life. Despite the daily showers, I couldn’t feel as monotone as the skies: the streets were just too interesting to look at, with tiny paintings popping up in crevices, large-scale murals covering parking garages or wrapping around corners, and political statements boldly placed in the city center, for all to see.
The people of Bogota make it by far one of the coolest places to see. Kudos to you, street artists, for covering every corner with a rainbow of delight. Check out some of my favorites below:
Perfect Calligraphy? I’m such a fan! This one is by a political activist/artist DJ LU, who also goes by JuegoSiempre
These murals make political statements about the state of Colombia. Just 5 years ago, homeless people were still being murderered by the military in order to collect rewards. As much as 1 out of every 3 “guerrilla warriors killed in combat” were actually innocent civilians collected, redressed and executed in order to collect a $1200 USD payment from the Colombian government….gifted from the good old US of A. Disgusting.
A statement piece about returning to nature’s roots, and the obsession with machines and technology
Brilliantly colored street art by artist StinkFish
Murals on murals. As you can see, you can’t go a single block without being assaulted by color.
The gummy-bear looking piece is about the pharmaceutical industry, and the way we as a society pop pills as if they were as safe as gummy bears.
Color on color. To the left, a piece by DJ Lu (who has COVERED Bogota in his work!). The young boy is a pineapple juice seller that he came across in the city. DJ Lu likes to paint those otherwise unseen…..to show a reflection of us as a society, and, for this piece in particular, to highlight the injustice of child workers.
More colorful work
Birds and other animals seemed to be a theme around the area.
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