Mexican Street Art
By Ana Torres |
A city’s magic becomes more remarkable when we find works of art on its streets. Follow this Street Art route with DINKtravelers and fall in love with Mexico City.
STREET ART IN MEXICO CITY
Mexico City is famous for the multicultural colors that are expressed in each of its traditions: for example, in its varied architecture, in its rich cuisine and, evidently, in the warmth of its inhabitants. This metropolis combines the history of ancient settlements in places like Coyoacan with the modernity of new neighborhoods that have grown throughout the last century, as one can see in Santa Fe, an area known to harbor huge business complexes together with shopping malls that specialize in luxury products.
But apart from this touristic offer, throughout the last decade a new attraction that invites travelers to walk the streets of Mexico City has been consolidated. Do you wonder what it’s about? It’s about the works of art that decorate the outer walls of some of the city’s buildings leading visitors along the streets of Downtown Mexico as if creating, as a whole, a museum in situ.
If you want to learn where you can see these artistic works in mega format, DINKtravelers offers you some tips about Street Art in Mexico City.
WHAT IS STREET ART?
The term has been used since the mid 1990s, particularly in the United States. It was meant to establish the difference between graffiti –text that’s written on a wall–and graphic representations that decorated walls through images that told a story. Nowadays, the most renowned artist of this form of expression is the British Bransky.
Street Art is created on public walls, most of it without previously preparing the surface. This means that it’s painted directly on the constructive material. On some occasions artists use stencils that help sketch some drawings, but the difficulty of these works relies on the fact that they’re created with spray paint.
URBAN ART MEXICO
Nowadays, the east side of Downtown Mexico attracts visitors not only because it is a huge commercial area but also because its landscape has been transformed since Street Art artists have adopted its walls.
Specifically, José María Izazaga and Isabel la Católica are long avenues that can surprise you with the amazing works scattered on their walls. DINKtravelers recommends standing on the crossroad between Isabel la Católica and San Jerónimo. There, right in front of the former cell of the Marchioness of Selva Nevada –nowadays Claustro de Sor Juana University– there’s a walkway that’s dedicated solely to Street Art. Prepare your camera lenses and take as many pictures as you want!
Remember that walking the city streets in search of these works is an invitation to open your mind. The result of this promenade will be experiencing the symbiosis between day-to-day life expressed through the actions of passersby and the flow of automobiles, the scents that come from restaurants and small kitchens, and the sounds of a city that’s always alert and that will undoubtedly leave an imprint in your memory.