Art is in the street. Bogotá


Bogotá, as many a major city in the South can boast of remarkable Street art. Here are a few shots, taken last week. Above photo (c)ourtesy my niece, Diana Catalina.


“On your marks!”


Photography rule number 13: “Never take a picture from a car”. Much less while it is driving. Rule number 14: “Rules are made to be broken”. Can’t always stop the car, climb down, take the picture, and drive away. 🙂


Usaquén neighbourhood, Bogotá.


Café art. Carrera 19. (Wot? Not Street Art? I put the rules, Mate) 😉


Quetzalcoátl, or Kukulcan, the Feathered Serpent.


Beer Art. (A new category. Great potential). At a craft brewery in Pacho, outside Bogotá.


Romy Schneider (1938-1982). A German actress born in Austria (the year of Anschluss) she may be best known outside Europe for her role in Sissi Empress. But from the sixties on she became a major actress in French cinema, acting for most of the major directors. She had a tragic life, lost her son in a stupid accident in 1981. But then all accidents are stupid, aren’t they? And died in 1982, at the age of 43. The above photo (Café art again) must have been taken in 1959-1960. She was 21-22.


Crocodile Art. Outside a Lacoste shop. I wonder: do Frat boys still wear Lacoste shirts? And loafers without socks?


Mind the dog.


“Juegasiempre”. Playalways. Toxicomano appears to be a leading street artist in Bogotá.


“Do not forsake me oh my darling…” (For the French-inclined: “Si toi aussi tu m’abandonnes…”)


Smile. Remember, all is recorded. Everywhere. Every minute. Every second. And then you are sold to Cambridge Analytica…


“An enraged monster wipes out an entire city. GREED!” Reminded me of a comment by Paul, a Scot bar-tender in Covent garden, a few years back: “The main prroblem in the worrld today is grreed.” Sad but true.

Thank you for flying Equinoxio Airways. A pleasure to have you on board. Always.

To be continued.


74 thoughts on “Art is in the street. Bogotá

  1. That was a great line-up of street art photos. That Romy Schneider is stunning and I can quite imagine her playing Sissi (who was exquisite). The story of her losing her son to a freak accident is rather saddening.
    Glad to be on board, Captain!

  2. i was in Bogotá once…and yes the street art and tagging was unreal to me…also i remember watching the paint overs and how quickly each piece changed over the couple of weeks i was there…it was a cool city…huge…very very…hope you enjoyed your time Brian…smiles hedy 😀

    • Don’t push your luck. A few photos aren’t worth risking major danger. Actually the ones I posted were in not-dangerous zones, except for a few streets we passed rapidly. Now on Holy Friday I did make an expedition with my niece to real bad streets. Fast car. A bat under the seat, and being very careful. I’ll post more of those later on. Cheers

  3. Hi Brian, street art is a wonderful thing, there’s such a unique feeling to each piece. I like Rule No. 14. Super photos, all of the art is terrific, I really l the painting 4th from the top, “Usaquén neighbourhood, Bogotá”, the composition and the colors are fantastic! It’s nice to see that you were able to get some photos before the rain arrived. Take good care. ~ Mia

  4. Good one. I had to look up Sissy as I have never heard of her. Lovely and tragic as they often are.

    In regards to your comments about photography and rules I don’t believe in them. Take photos early and often no matter the rules and use them how you like…would never have known you took that photo out of your car had you not said anything.

    I once took a photo of a solar eclipse using a borrowed camera with my sunglasses over the lens as a filter. It worked. Love the photo even though no one else would think it exceptional. 😉

    Happy Thursday. The weekend is almost here.

  5. Some are great paintings but the ensemble left me with a bitter taste, dunno why. Maybe the comments about bad streets, bad neighborhoods – not only there in Bogotá but all around the world – added to this. Who knows what the real message of this street art may be.
    Too bad about Romy, didn’t know her story but I do remember having a postcard in my old collection with her picture on. Beautiful indeed.
    True about the monster, sadly.
    Weekend’s around the corner, may you spend a great one. Thank you for the trip. 🙂

    • Most welcome my friend. You are right: that is the undercurrent of that (and many other) street art. Now the real message? Who knows? Do we know what Pollock had in mind when throwing buckets of paint on a canvass?
      Bon week-end.

    • They are. Not all. But some. And the number one rule is: you have to know the rule in order to break it. 😉
      (Which is very different from not following any rule)

  6. A fine collection, as usual. Beer art may be the new street art. Romy was so mesmerizing. She committed suicide, didn’t she?

    • I thought she did. At the time. But when I looked her up, there was no mention of it. Well, Wikipedia is not Larousse or Encyclopedia Brittanica… Fact is she fell apart after her son’s death. Understandably so. 😦

  7. Pretty amazing. I especially like the first art picture.
    And are right, Romy Schneider hadn’t had an easy life and I do know the details of her son’s death. But then again, her story is far from unique. Some people may not have had it that bad, but still bad enough. Catherine Deneuve lost her star-rising sister in a preventable car crash when the latter was only 25; Delon was nearly charged with murder (some believe he did murdered his bodyguard), and Depardieu lost his son when the latter was 38.The list goes on.

    • Absolutely. That is a… varied neighbourhood. Some streets have been… reclaimed? Painted, pavement and street re-done. But two blocks further the “Bronx” creeps back in.

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