In recent years in Bogota, if you take a look in retro perspective you can see how different walls throughout the city have been filled with color through responsible urban art. This last word is perhaps the most important element in the urban projects that have recently filled the city since it has allowed young people, who in many cases did not have an adequate medium of expression, to pass to be clandestine art to be considered  now true examples of cultural manifestations that contributes to the recovery of run down, underutilized areas and in the social transformation of neighborhoods or urban sectors. Often maintaining the underground atmosphere, and obscurity of their art by not being in the spot light themselves or by remaining anonymous.

Street art by Juega Siempre DJLu Bogotá
Street art by PDV crew (Bogotá) ft Empty (Guatemala)

What for many may be a simple scratch on a wall, for young artists are tags, their signature or brand in a given territory. Probably, this is the beginning of a school that has been growing and that with the passing of time has allowed to see a diversity of techniques and graphic expressions that are visible today throughout the city, among which are the stencil , photorealism, and bombing, among others.

This new look has made the protest and illegal graffiti move to Street Art or urban art, allowing it to be recognized and available to everyone. Large murals today adorn the city and enable the passer-by to enjoy the color and diversity of techniques and messages, some with strong criticism or reflections on the city, politics or everyday life, making it part of new urban imaginaries.

Street-art by APC (Animal Poder Crew) Bogotá
Street-art by APC (Animal Poder Crew) Bogotá

On the other hand, the perception of vandalism has diminished involving several work groups with artists that have engaged in a self-reflection on their contribution to the city, even identifying institutional or patrimonial heritage buildings that should be  outside of this form of expression and generating a database in some locations of places suitable for their work.

In the same way, each year the city itself through public calls allow that more and better artists can leave their mark, having economic resources for the intervention of artists, and alongside this workshops, and tours that have allowed ordinary citizens to be surprised by these initiatives.

Juega Siempre
Street art by Juega Siempre DJLu Bogotá

Proof of this can be seen in the Grafiti district, in the industrial zone of Puente Aranda or many of the designs that can be seen in the city center, on the walls of Calle 26, in the neighborhood  of Simón Bolívar Park during the Festival of Hip Hop al parque, to mention just a few.

Names like Mantra, Ledania Anis, Guache, Chirrete, Toxicómano, UMS, Vertigo among others are some of those who with their creativity expressed with vinyl and aerosols today decorate the city and have positioned it as one of the most attractive in Latin America for urban street art.

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