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
8 thoughts on “Urban Art of Cuenca”
Love it, being a big fan of murals and the more creative aspects of graffiti. Good for Cuenca for embracing the art form. There is some very impressive work. Thanks for sharing! –Curt
Agreed! Cuenca’s support of the graffers makes the city a hip place to visit. I just wish I could go back and look for the many more murals that we missed. -Ginette
It’s like going in a huge art museum, or Burning Man is another example. I always miss things that in retrospect, I really would have liked to have seen. –Curt
I expected to see more that were familiar. I don’t know how we spent two weeks in Cuenca and missed most of these. The last one is familiar, but I’d have to look back through my photos to see if we saw any of the others, but most probably not. I love the guitar player under the moon, and the one above it.
Before posting, I did a bit of research and was surprised to learn how many murals there are–and how many we missed. The guitar player is one of my favorite too. -Ginette
Beautiful art! it makes everything seem so alive
What an incredible place!! So inspiring! ! So thrilled to see you both having an awesome trip! (Though Pete misses his football watching buddy 😉
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