Bogotá’s Amazing Street Art

In 2011, a 16 year old boy was shot and killed by police when he was caught creating street art in Bogotá. The police officers attempted to justify their actions by falsely claiming that the boy was involved in a bus robbery. The incident started a city-wide protest and as a result, street art is no longer seen as a crime in Bogotá. Today, especially in the Candelaria and Centro areas, street art is everywhere. Like the rest of the world, street artists in Bogotá use walls and bridges along major highways and the walls of old warehouses to display their art. But in Bogotá there is another option too, businesses often cooperate with street artists to offer their own homes and businesses as blank canvases. The owner pays for the materials, the artist gets a ‘canvas’ on which they can create their art, knowing that it will be welcome…

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