So, here are a few items about my stay in Bogota. The first image is a view from the hostel looking toward the main part of the city. Motorcycles, taxis, and the occasional grinning cyclist zoom down the hill all day and night. Look before crossing!
Went on a Graffiti tour. Three hours walking around La Candelaria viewing and learning about street art in Bogota. Guide Ray Garcia says he has been studying the art and artist for three years. What a great way to learn about a city. WiFi in the hostel is tediously slow, so I’ll just post a few of the photos, with some info.
According to Ray, the street art scene is very dynamic. Murals, 3-D pieces, and wheat-paste posters appear and disappear every day. There is quite a complex system around the whole practice of street art; while not necessarily illegal (in fact, as long as property owners give permission, police are powerless to stop it). Also, some murals are commissioned by property owners & some building owners actively support and encourage artists by taking steps to protect existing works.
He explained a great deal about some of the most well-known artists – for example, there is a father & son duo painting beautiful murals with obvious stylistic influences.
My favorite things to watch for are the unexpected things like masks or baked acrylic plaques (FIMO), and other 3-dimensional creations, such as statues. The two below are good examples of one mask artist’s work.
A fascinating medium is the baked acrylic clay plaque or shield. We noticed one in the wall outside the hostel on returning from the tour – a simple, black Christian fish. A more typical example is below.
Tonight is New Year’s Eve. I wonder what that will be like.
As a postscript, mi equipaje se pierde, or my luggage is lost. With all of the transfers and flight changes during the voyage out of the US, my bag did not make it here. The airline said they would deliver the bag by Tuesday PM, but no sight of it yet. It’s a good possibility that it will never show up, so this trip may be over in the next week or so…