What Do the Walls Say?
In Oaxaca, as in most of Mexico, the construction material of choice is cement. Large expanses of unadorned cement beg to tell someone’s story, to send a message, or perhaps just to provide a large canvas for expressing artistic ability.
I don’t know who the artists are (or if they want to be identified) or if any particular authority has given them permission to paint a wall. I suspect that many are done with great speed in the dark of night.
It’s great fun to discover the walls, and you never know when you will round a corner onto an unknown street and a new and wonderful wall will pop out to greet you!
These are awesome! It’s wonderful to think of so many avenues of artistic expression in one city. I love that they don’t paint over any of them. I know that wall murals are a big part of Mexico’s history (Diego Rivera) but it’s cool to see the tradition is alive still, and with more vigor than ever!
A couple of years ago I lived in Guadalajara for several months, and there was an enormous wall located next to an art school. Artists were continually painting over it (I’m sure it was expected there), and as they didn’t have to work in the dark of night you could watch them. I’ll dig out those photos and post some.
What a great post! So much imagination and color. Do you see painted walls defaced by graffiti?
Interesting question…so far I don’t remember seeing graffiti on any of the these walls although there is plenty of it on other walls. Oaxaca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the worst is graffiti on the beautiful historical buildings.
How brightly colored! Great findings!
I’m glad you like these walls. They can surely brighten one’s day and provide something to ponder.