If I had to choose a single word to associate with Colombia, it would be ‘colour’. Nowhere else, I believe, have I seen so many brightly painted houses as in some of its villages. And as for street art, I firmly believe the Colombians are obsessed! If there is a flat surface, they will paint it. From the smallest roadside shack selling snacks, to the sides of high-rise buildings in parts of Bogota and Medellin, the quality of the art often amazed me.
Over the coming weeks I plan to share the street art from several of the cities we visited for the Photographing Public Art challenge, hosted by Natalie. I’m starting today with the capital, Bogota, which is also where we started our trip. This is a large sprawling metropolis, but in the heart of its old city lies La Candelaria. The name comes from its church, which is dedicated to the Virgen de la Candelaria. This is where the city was founded in 1538 and in addition to some significant buildings such as the cathedral and Botero Museum (look for another post on this), it is also home to steep cobbled streets and small plazas lined with old colonial houses. Today most of these are bars or restaurants, their walls adorned with often beautiful murals. Here are some of my favourites.
I visited Colombia in February 2023