Peace is Now, Peace is Ours: Bogota Street Art

Peace is Now mural in Bogota

For today, a pair of simple universal sentiments that can be found nearly everywhere among the hundreds of photos that are part of the Bogota Street Art survey I keep promising to deliver but have yet to finish. I can report that it’s getting closer with each passing day. 🙂

Both were taken on the busy Calle 26 just outside the city’s center, located about a mile apart.

At top, two artists work on a city-commissioned project created in conjunction with the National Museum of Memory, an institution dedicated to the memory of the millions who have died in Colombia’s internal conflicts over the past six decades, that’s located across the boulevard from this wall.

And below, a mural by Guache, whose work I’ve posted about many times –including this post about two days I spent photographing him in the field on a project– who is one of favorite muralists on the planet. It’s in his typical style: anonymous indigenous “every man” and “every woman” portrayed to exude dignity, honor and grace, painted in brilliant vivid colors.

Guache - Peace is ours
Guache – Peace is Ours!

Both, collectively the site’s 749th (!!) straight Pic du Jour and taken on 27 July and 17 June 2015 respectively, also work exceptionally well for Optimistic, this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme.


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  1. ladieswholunchreviews says

    Very optimistic 🙂

  2. Kiri says

    A student from Bogota here to learn English has arrived at my house today and recognised this second mural. She’s just 17 and has come a long way from home in the last 24 hours.

    1. Bob R says

      Excellent! How’s that for a small world? 🙂

      1. Kiri says

        Love little coincidences like that!

  3. paula graham says

    Yes, if only. Super art.

  4. Beauty Along the Road says

    Peace – the universal cry of the besieged, the universal desire of those who care and feel compassion.

  5. Les Petits Pas de Juls says

    Yeah! I love this!

  6. Ayin says

    Where is this? Street arts sometimes do convey a positive message, and should be recognized more often. ?

    1. Bob R says

      Bogota, Colombia. (Just like it says in the title. 😉 )

      1. Ayin says

        Oh, forgive me. I didn’t know where Bogota is. Anyway, your entry is perfect for the theme. ?

        1. Bob R says

          No problems. Just teasing a bit. 😉

  7. JoHanna Massey says

    Excellent. Thank you.

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    1. Bob R says

      Thanks for the link — I haven’t yet seen this story but I did hear about from some friends in Bogota.

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