wall art in the city

April 14, 2013

p bridge 2

A sunny day in the UK – colour. light and smiles on faces – reminds me of more exotic places. In the Palermo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, both of the walls under the railway bridge are covered with wall art. One side is a colourful display of figures and street life making a background to a very good stall selling fruit and vegetables . . . .

p bridge stall

. . .  on the other, a dramatic scenario with large animals cavorting over what looks like a patchwork quilt.

p bridge 3

p bridge 4

At the junction, there’s a seating area with plenty of space for both passersby and those that wish to take a few minutes to rest. The gentleman on the right has nodded off. We couldn’t dally as we were rushing off to Palermo Hollywood to seek out a repair shop . . .

1 seating

doorway

. . .  which we found here in this rather beautiful building.

doorway 2

Wandering back, this piece of wall art took my eye as well as the vehicle, an old Renault, parked alongside.

word art

car

I guess our journey to and fro had taken about an hour.  Back at the seating area, the gentleman was still dozing, so I presume that the seats are comfy as well as quite jolly . . . .

seating

seating 2

. . . just a few more  images of how to enliven surfaces with freedom of expression. Some with a message and some as pure visual treats. I miss it.

palermo

04

wall art

We are the time. We are the famous

metaphor from Heraclitus the Obscure.

We are the water, not the hard diamond,

the one that is lost, not the one that stands still.

We are the river and we are that greek

that looks himself into the river. His reflection

changes into the waters of the changing mirror,

into the crystal that changes like the fire.

We are the vain predetermined river,

in his travel to his sea.

The shadows have surrounded him.

Everything said goodbye to us, everything goes away.

Memory does not stamp his own coin.

However, there is something that stays

however, there is something that bemoans.

Jorge Luis Borges  We are the Time  We are the Famous

3 Responses to “wall art in the city”

  1. Sinclair 3168 Says:

    It’s fantastic to see isn’t it. Two English girls started up city tours of graffiti spots, I went on one in 2009 – the year they started – and enjoyed it a lot. http://graffitimundo.com/about-us/ Too late for this though, shame > http://graffitimundo.com/events/pop-gallery-la-boca/

  2. julia fogg Says:

    Yes, shame but interaction with city, life and creativity is bound to continue. . . . , well, I hope so.

  3. Val Says:

    Love the colors and the old Renault. You could almost walk down that street in the last photo!


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