Photo Essay: A Bogota Street Art Tour, Part 1

by Ekua on July 31, 2013 in captured on memory card,Colombia,race/culture/identity,street art

Our starting point in the nondescript Parque de los Periodistas did not give away any secrets about what we were about to see. Within minutes of beginning the tour, however, we saw that we were surrounded by a dynamic open air art show where spray paint was the medium of choice. Around each corner, concrete and brick were covered with colors, opinions, and imagination.

On the day I arrived in Bogota, the first vibe I got was one of calmness. As I observed from the backseat of a taxi, the city and its people seemed to emit reserved serenity. The second vibe I got was one of passion; in the 25 minutes from the airport to my hostel, I was quickly exposed to Bogota’s brilliant world of street art. Collected public demeanors and vibrant public expression on the walls.

On the Bogota Graffiti Tour, I got up close to the street art and heard some of the stories behind the pieces. We visited many murals I would’ve otherwise missed, and as the tour went on, there were more and more are-you-kidding-me-this-is-so-cool-Bogota’s-street-art-is-the-best moments.

One photo essay isn’t enough to cover the incredible street art scene of Bogota, so here is the first round of photos with more to come.

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Street Art Tour in Bogota, Colombia

More street art photo essays:
Street Artists Take Over an Abandoned Factory in Berkeley
Graffiti and Abandoned Places in Berlin
Street Art and Graffiti in Berlin
A Walk Along Berlin’s East Side Gallery
Street Art in Oaxaca

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Alyssa August 1, 2013 at 9:47 am

Oh nice! Those are elaborate and beautiful! I like the the different themes and colors. I just blogged about street art in Oakland.

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Sarah Shaw August 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Wow! These are fantastic, Ekua. I’m getting so pumped to move to Colombia in August!

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Wonderlusting August 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Cool pics – Columbia is on my wanderlust list – i’ll be having a look at your other posts on it

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Tamara August 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Wow! I love looking at street art already, and this stuff is great. More inspiration for a trip to Colombia. (We’ve only been just inside the border from Venezuela, which hardly counts.) Thanks for posting!

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures August 1, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Oh wow this street art is just amazing and I LOVE your photographs of it!!!

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Naomi August 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I LOVE these…especially the ‘orgullosa’ piece!

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Jacqueline August 4, 2013 at 1:41 am

Stunning photos–love your blog!

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Ekua August 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for all the nice feedback! It’s been fun reliving this tour by sorting through all the pictures I took that day.

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