I didn’t go to Costa Rica to see street art; like most visitors, my main interests were in its landscapes and its wildlife. The country is famous for being one of the most biodiverse in the world. So maybe it’s not so surprising after all to see that biodiversity celebrated on the streets of Sant Elena, the main tourist hub in the Monteverde region.
So here for this week’s Photographing Public Art challenge is a selection of my favourites, to show a different side of this lovely country.
This pizza restaurant is completely covered in murals celebrating the country’s wildlife, especially the Resplendent Quetzels
This is part of the restaurant’s front wall, with a Quetzel flying over the Costa Rican landscape
And on the side of the restaurant another Quetzel, this one perched on a branch
A different shop, this one selling clothes, with a more abstract design and a positive message
This shop has a colourful Yellow-throated Toucan eating berries
In the small modern shopping centre I found this bird, which I think is a Grey-necked Wood Rail, as well as the pretty hummingbird in my featured photo
In several places in the town the pavements have been painted – I especially liked this example
And some of the telegraph poles are brightly painted too; from a sign near the shopping centre I gathered this was an initiative by the local college
Here’s a small butterfly on a wall (a Blue Morph perhaps?)
This eye-catching building on the outskirts of town has a two storey mural half-hidden in the surrounding greenery
As a change from the murals, one of the restaurants has this huge sculpture in the grounds
And finally I spotted this unusual decoration hanging outside a house on the edge of town, near our hotel
I visited Costa Rica in February 2022