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Urban Canvases – 39 Street Art Pics from Bariloche, Argentina

I’m a sucker for any thoughtful renderings of Mother Earth; combine Pacha Mama with a reference to a Tom Waits song, and I’m sold.

I spotted this beautiful piece about four blocks south of the Centro Civico in Bariloche, Argentina, this week’s stop in Piran Café’s Urban Canvases series. Ths city of some 115,000, formally known as San Carlos de Bariloche, lies in the northern reaches of Patagonia along the southern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Attracted by its stunning Andean setting and a wealth of summer and winter activities, it’s become the premiere stop in the region for trekkers, skiers and lovers of the outdoors.

Like other places that rely heavily on tourism, here by far the chief economic driver, the rise in the price of services and property has a flip side. That’s the side that interested me that particular week last March.

I stayed in Bariloche for five days; with one afternoon exception the majority of those 120 or so hours were spent close to town exploring the city’s urban life where I discovered, among other things, lots of street art.

There’s quite a mix here, from the elaborate, colorful and playful to hard-edged polemical scribblings that all possess their own unique charm.

Three galleries and 39 pics in all. Enjoy!

I posted twice before from and about Bariloche, with both posts offering, among other things, additional examples of streetart. This post, published to celebrate International Women’s Day, featured murals created for a national women’s gathering the city hosted in 2011. And the there is 100 Seconds from Bariloche, a short video comprised of one-second clips collected over the course of a five hour walk. A fun experiment in speed and editing.

Do you have any Bariloche street art-related links you’d like to share, or links to photos of your own? Do tell in the comments below and I’ll be happy to add them to the main post.

And finally, check out the Urban Canvasses series’ debut from last week, focusing on Santiago, Chile.

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This post was added to the Sunday Traveler blog linkup which made its debut last month. Visit Ice Cream and Permafrost, one of the co-hosts, throughout the week to check out other travel-related blog posts or to add your own.

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Four eyes in Santiago

Urban Canvases – 15 Street Art Snaps from Santiago, Chile

I’m always attracted to street art, be it elaborate block-wide gallery quality murals or the polemical scribblings by spray can-armed voices of desperate illumination. Can you honestly say you weren’t mesmerized, at least a little bit, by the dreamy cubist variation of the mural above?

In my recent wanderings, among the more attractive public canvases I came across, like the one at top, were found in Santiago, Chile’ sprawling capital of six million, making the images I collected there the perfect inauguration for Piran Café’s new weekly Urban Canvases series.

Each Sunday we’ll focus our attention on a different city and highlight street art and graffiti images, those both commissioned and illicit, that I’ve collected over the past several years. I’ll do my best to track down more info and related links and invite others to contribute as well.

The majority of these were taken in the Bohemian Bellavista neighborhood, not far from La Chascona, the Pablo Neruda home and museum; others were from the area near the Bellas Artes metro stop.

I hasten to add that there is plenty of pointless scrawling and acts of spray paint vandalism nearly every place you go in Santiago. You just won’t find it here. Enjoy!

More Santiago street art posts elsewhere:
- Street Art Utopia
- Santiago Street Art
- SantiagoStreetArt (Facebook page)
- The Three Best Neighborhoods in Santiago for Scoping Out Street Art (Jaunted)
- More photos via Charlando
- A few more pics via Santiago Streets

If you’ve got additional Santiago street art-related links you’d like to share, or links to photos of your own, do tell in the comments below and I’ll be happy to add them to the main post.

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Fall in Love, Not in Line

A Simple New Year’s Resolution

Fall in Love, Not in Line

On Resljeva Street, 18-Nov-2011

That’s one we can all easily aspire to as we begin what will be our best year yet.

Wishing you lots of love in 2013, along with plenty of health, happiness, serenity and peace. Thanks everyone for visiting, liking, commenting and sharing over the past year – it’s all very much appreciated, more than you’ll ever know.

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Taking off into the future. Ljubljana, 19-Dec-2012

Taking Off Into the Future

Taking off into the future. Ljubljana, 19-Dec-2012

I spotted this yesterday afternoon and liked the juxtaposition.

At top, a billboard for Adria Airlines, Slovenia’s national carrier, reads: “Taking off into the future.” Just below it is a scrawled reminder for tomorrow’s nationwide demonstration, which reads: “We won’t pay for your crisis! Take to the streets on Dec 21!” I’m expecting a big turnout.

And entirely unrelated, except that they too involve graffiti, are a couple more snaps from early yesterday afternoon.

Fat angry rabbit. Graffiti. Ljubljana, 19-Dec-2012

The first, of this fat angry rabbit-like creature, has been on the side of outgoing President Danilo Türk‘s apartment building on Pražakova street for months. He steps down on Saturday and will be succeeded by former Prime Minister Borut Pahor, who soundly defeated Türk in a run-off on December 2. Just under 42% of voters went to the polls, the lowest ever in Slovenian history, a fact which apparently made young models cry black tears.

Crying model, Ljubljana, 19-Dec-2012

Speaking of taking off -

Today marks 32 days to go before I leave on my extended jaunt. I haven’t made nearly the progress I anticipated with packing and storing, but I did take the crucial step of setting the main move-out date from my apartment. That’ll be January 4th, which will leave me with just over 14 days to focus solely on some of the early logistics and get moving on some much-needed basic research. No time or room for panic just yet.

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Love (is still) Coming Soon – Pic du Jour

I first mentioned this graffiti nearly three years ago, and I’m delighted to report that it’s still there on a wall next to the entrance of the University of Ljubljana’s Central Technical Library near Cankarjev Dom. Spreading the word to anyone willing to listen.

I’m away at the moment, enjoying a quick camping trip at Lake Bohinj during a 60-hour computer-free stretch. I hope the rain stays away. At least most of it.

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