Enjoying art outside, while walking on the street, is one of the ways you can pass some of your time in Buenos Aires. You can stop, look at the art and try to figure out what story the artist is trying to deliver.
I joined a Street Art / Graffiti Tour in Buenos Aires. The tour guide explained each piece and it was very interesting.
And in Buenos Aires, where you will meet the most genuine and friendly people (my experience!), one foreign artist admitted that to do a mural or other work on a wall will normally take longer time than in any other place, but he always loves doing it, every time. The reason is that the people in the neighbourhood will stop by, asking questions, offering some food, a mate tea (a traditional tea in Argentina), discuss or argue about the painting he is about to make.
Some street art is political in nature and tells you stories of what the country faces/faced during particular periods of time. Others may focus on showing the love of a certain football club, be dedicated to a musician, or something like that. And some are filled with secret messages that are only understood by the artists or certain groups.
I liked most of the murals/graffiti pieces I saw, but some I didn’t understand. But the idea to paint boring empty walls with meaningful and beautiful art that makes you stop, look and think is a great way to liven up a city. :)
Here are some samples of the street art I saw during my stay in Buenos Aires, Salta and Mendoza, Argentina.
Some people got so interested with the street art, they asked the artists to paint their house too
The white head scarves worn by Argentine mothers (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo) whose children were “disappeared” during the Dirty War of the military dictatorship, between 1976 and 1983.
Haydée Mercedes Sosa (9 July 1935 – 4 October 2009), known as La Negra (literally: The Black Woman), was an Argentine singer who was popular throughout Latin America and many countries outside the continent.
This is a pub/ restaurant where the owner once asked some of the artists to paint his restaurant with their arts and the owner gives some space on the backside of this place as a gallery where they can showcase their arts.