Against a backdrop of historic churches, parks, museums, monasteries, squares, and buildings, the city streets of Cuenca are filled with multi-colored murals, street art at it’s finest.
Since 2013, Cuenca is the only town in Ecuador with an ordinance that regulates street art, developed to discourage illegal defacing and trespassing of both private and public spaces. Working with the graffer community, they even supply them with paint.
Cement walls become canvases, creative outlets for the city’s young artist — more art than graffiti.
Walking along the river Tomebamba is no exception.
As we meandered through the historic centre, I found the juxtaposition of the urban visual art against the well-preserved architecture a refreshing balance, where freedom of expression and UNESCO World Heritage buildings live in harmony.
Heading back to our room, I turned around, “I almost missed this one!”Ginette