Street art outside a cafe in La Candelaria, Bogota’s old town, in Colombia. The woman is holding up a sign saying “nadie gana” (- nobody wins) below a game of noughts and crosses.
This painting was hidden away on a quiet street in La Candelaria, the old town in Bogota, Colombia. The style was similar to some of the street art we saw in Cartagena but had a more sinister look with darker tones. The weather in Bogota is a lot colder and more cloudy than Cartagena, but La Candelaria is still full of a vast amount of incredible street art and the colonial adobe houses are painted in bright colours. It has a very creative and inspiring feel and the huge green mountains looming over the neighbourhood make it all the more intense and inspiring.
Colombia is a very colourful country – in every sense of the word – and this is reflected in the street art that decorates the walls of many inner city buildings. This painting was on an old door in a small square in Cartagena’s old town, a few minutes walk from the walled city. The bright colours and strong defining lines make this image all the more powerful.
I recently visited Colombia and was amazed at the astounding beauty of the country. It’s huge, diverse culturally, ethically and geographically it connects Central and South America. One side of the country is on the Pacific Coast, the other on the Caribbean and the climate seems to change dramatically depending where you go.
What struck me as soon as I arrived, apart from the people being incredibly lovely and welcoming, was the old colonial architecture. The adobe style houses are prevalent in the old towns of many Colombian cities. Built in the typical Spanish style, they ooze character and simplicity. The thing that separates them from European buildings however is their vibrant colour.
Walking through the gorgeous streets of Cartagena’s old walled city, I was blinded by bright blues, pinks, neon greens and orange. The abundant green creeper plants blossoming in pink and violet only added to the mix.
In Bogota, among the low hanging clouds and the towering lush green mountains, the old town – La Candelaria is filled with street art and colour. The city is gigantic but wandering through the little cobbled streets of La Candelaria you would hardly realise. Old churches and small cottage style adobe houses create an atmosphere which feels a lot more like a village than a city of 10 million. The colours and street art show that creativity and art is rife in this amazing city.
Going there for a holiday simply wasn’t enough, I realised it would take several visits and a number of months to get a real feel for this beautiful country. So I decided I would have to come back.