I visited Montevideo four times. I have short time to explore the city and before returning to see the tourist sites that I already know I decide to go for a walk around aimlessly. I have with me three faithful companions of route: mate (like a good argentinean) a travel notebook and camera.
The only thing I know is that at some point I want to get to the rambla. I sit and look at the Río de La Plata, the widest in the world. It is a Tuesday of spring but at eleven in the morning makes so hot that it seems summer. I need to take off my shoes and walk on the sand. I miss the feeling of putting your feet on the water.
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Rambla of Montevideo

Because Montevideo has that special. It is the capital of a country but it does not seem it. While Buenos Aires gives back to the River, Montevideo regards it. In Montevideo, honking not be downplayed and the few that are heard are between buses that they shake. The Uruguayans walk slowly, with the well relaxed mood and a thermo – that seems stuck with the droplet-under the arm. There is something of the calm weather that spreads, I slowed down and relaxes me.

I walk to the river. I don’t know what I’m going to find on the way but put in mode traveller ON and choose at random a street called Juan D. Jackson. I walk and watch. I look up and look down, but above all I look for my sides and I start to travel around the city through its walls.
I´ve already maked several trips, especially since the latter to Valparaíso, (73 km from Viña del Mar, Chile) that I stop to photograph street art in each place. Instead of entering museums that tend to bore me (except for the Museum of the Carnival) I prefer these living art, outdoor museums, full of political, social, or decorative messages. Often these street showing more local culture and expressions which measured the thermometer of the social moment who is residing in a place.Those moments that are not portrayed in traditional museums.

Every two or three blocks on the Jackson Street I find a lot of painted walls. In the wall there are variety of techniques, colors and styles. street art    street art

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Street Art in Ciudad Vieja

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Along the way I also find funny and creative, graffiti, those that when two unknown persons read them at the same time make to join in a complicit smile.

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Montevideo murals decorate the steps from la rambla. Do they recognize Olga, beloved character of the cartoon of Liniers and the imaginary Monster?

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Street art in boats

When I think I’m going to finish the ride in the morning I decided to cross the Parque Rodó, one of the main parks in Montevideo. But there other street intervention surprised me and this time I can see how performed it live and live. There are several cans of paintings with strong colors, new brushes, other worn and several sketches of drawings on a makeshift table. Seven artists are painting boats.

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This art movement is a project called “1 boat, 1 artist”, and it is an initiative that invites thirty artists to paint the thirty boats of Lake Park. The  directos Melina Scherzer, Julia Saldain, Antar Kuri and Verónika Herszhorn intends to improve and renovate the Park, and at the same time, take advantage of this space for artistic and cultural exchange.

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When I go back to Argentina I decided to search the Internet montevideans artists and to my surprise I find a very useful page: street art Uruguay. Carolina Curbelo, Sebastián Borrazás and Santiago Alonso join together in an online map most murals of the city, and in the future of the country. Street Art aims to give information about the authors of the interventions, as well as disseminate local art street scene. The project is open to anyone who wants to join us by sending pictures and facilitating the address, a photograph and the author if it is known.

A good guide of street works for tourists and locals, as well as for the artists themselves who especially know how vulnerable and ephemeral that may be his works.

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Gilda

Author Gilda

Periodista y viajera. Me gusta contar las historias del camino y sacar fotos. Empezar un año nuevo viajando con amigos se me ha vuelto vicio. Página Web: http://www.mibitacoradeviajes.com.ar/

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