Jun 25 2009

Santiago graffiti and stencils

Bodhi

I had the unexpected opportunity to walk through Barrio Bellavista in Santiago and the graffiti there blew my mind!  This stuff was so much better and in such greater quantity than anything I’d seen in Buenos Aires.  Most of it was just huge, filling the entire wall.  And it seems that the authorities really didn’t seem to mind so much as the streets were filled with it.  Either that or the artists were very skilled at getting their work done quickly in the cover of night.

Some stencils, some giant freehand pieces here.  Some that make use of other art or the surroundings daftly in a Banksy-esque way.  I am told there are many more other brilliant pieces that await me in Valparaiso.  And there are so many more other shots on my camera that I can’t post right now.  ::drool::

Banksy?

In the style of Banksy..if only the "perder" one didn't conflict with it

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The rose is a nice touch

Doubly cute

Doubly cute

Just go ahead and use the whole wall

Just go ahead and use the whole wall

Back to basics

Back to basics

small and good

small and good

Weird and artsy..I love it

Weird and artsy..I love it


Jun 20 2009

San Telmo Stencil Art

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San Telmo is the district of Buenos Aires we stayed in and it has a very rich history as one of the oldest barrios in the city.  It is particularly famous in the history of tango, the national music and dance of Argentina.  We felt it is very similar to the area of Silver Lake in Los Angeles, which we are very familiar with.  There are couture clothing stores, design shops, many restaurants and cafes, and street art and performances.  There is a weekly Sunday “feria” (open air market) at Plaza Dorrego just across from our hostel.  I spotted many a good piece of stencil art there as well.  Here are some.  The character and style in the 2nd one below was a recurring figure in San Telmo, and I think it must be because the artist is based there.  I have his website written down in my notes (he put it on a piece on the wall).

Really more like in Monserrat, but close enough..spotted on Av De Mayo

Really more like in Monserrat, but close enough..spotted on Av De Mayo

Neat style, especially against a heavily used and dirty wall

Neat style, especially against a heavily used and dirty wall

A Tango look in a graffiti style

A Tango look in a graffiti style

Art Style, kinda psycho, is this a known figure?

Art Style, kinda psycho, is this a known figure?


Jun 18 2009

Palermo Stencil Art

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This post is just a smattering of some of the graffiti I’ve spotted so far.  Graffiti and Street Art is one of my “themes of the journey” that I am most interested in.  I’ll be posting more.

Spotted in Palermo

Spotted in Palermo: "One cannot kill ideas"

A French Canadian friend I met in Spanish School in Buenos Aires helped me translate from the original French.  It says: “One cannot kill ideas”  Word.

Very reminiscent of Banksy's style..maybe his?

Very reminiscent of Banksy's style..maybe his?

Spotted this great piece on Thames in Palermo as we were walking to Moni’s favorite restaurant Bobo.  I took a long-exposure shot with my camera rested on a table.  The rat screams Banksy, as does the pig style, but I’m not sure.  Any help identifying this one is appreciated :)