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.


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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  1. frankaboutcroatia says

    Another great article from your Ueban Canvases Series. Tome Con Ciencia! is my favorite from San Carlos de Bariloche.

    1. BobR says

      Yeah, that is a good one. 🙂

  2. Chasing the Donkey says

    Thanks so much for linking up this week. My fave this week was # Bariloche 049 – I think that’ll be my phrase of the week ‘let me be”!

    1. BobR says

      Ha! That mouse is great. I want a necklace like that. 🙂

  3. lunaguava says

    I’m a sucker for politically-charged street art, and you’ve got some great examples here. I’ll keep an eye for them if we ever make it to Bariloche. Good luck and safe travels, Bob!

    1. BobR says

      Same here, which was why I found some of these so appealing.

      I hope you make it the Bariloche. You’ve got a lot of ground to cover in the meantime. 🙂

  4. Farrah (@Momofthreeunder) says

    Wow- your photographs and the collage you made are fantastic. That mermaid made me wonder how on earth did they ever come up with it? Beautiful.

  5. noelmorata says

    wow, I really love street art and exploring…this place is loaded with gorgeous murals, would love to also explore this some day…..Hope you can come and link up with us today with your post for Travel Photo Mondays, the link is live, thanks.

    1. BobR says

      Hi Noel, and many thanks for the reminder and the prompt. I’m heading there right now. 🙂

  6. Jess says

    This gallery is beautiful! I love street art – there’s some great ones here, but I think my favorite is that first face with the trees growing out of it.

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