Brightly colored murals, between three and four stories high, line both sides of the main thoroughfare, Eje Mosqueta, that cuts through the Guerrero neighborhood in the north part of Mexico City. Where once there were indiscriminate scrawls of graffiti and signs of neglect, bright murals now celebrate aspects of Mexican culture and history: a profile of a beautiful Sonoran woman, crowned with purple flowers; an ear of corn transforming into a statue of an ancient god of maiz; a woman heaving a broken chunk
You’ll know Paul Walsh – if not by name, certainly by his art.
If you’ve ever seen a funky utility box on the street, perhaps decorated with a Ziggy Stardust hamster or texting monkey, then it’s one of his. The pastel-palmed painter has been slowly spraying his work all through the country and into the hearts of Kiwis.
It’s gotten so big, he’s been able to quit his day job as a website designer. What started out as artistic graffiti turned into a full-time art career.
“At least when it comes to the urban culture the graffiti and murals gave a new identity to this city. And having in mind that the city has over a hundred painted murals, the city itself has become one big gallery of street art,” said Marina Mimoza, the festival organizer. Thanks to her and the team that work besides her, great number of artists are coming to Mostar every spring. This year’s edition of the festival gathered artists from Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, but also group of artists from Uruguay and Argentina.
For hundreds of years, the sidewalk art pastime died out — until recently.
During the 1970s in Southern California, artists once again came back to the streets to convey their works of art, which later would inspire the Italian Street Painting Festival at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 1999.
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“It was a challenge creating a story-line using two corners with so much distance between them. But I was really happy to do this Wile E Coyote piece. The consummate failure is my favorite character of all time. I love him for knowing what he wants and going after it; for being creative in the pursuit; and for always getting up after he falls and trying again.”