South America 2015 · Travel writing

La Paz: graffiti paradise

(I wrote many posts on La Paz: a summary; a female wrestling event; the graffiti; and some random observations).

Once again, I have been completely surprised by what I have seen on this trip: unexpectedly, La Paz has got to be one of the most graffitied capitals in the world. Graffiti is everywhere — from (near) the most important official buildings to the dirtiest, dingiest underpass.

The sheer amount of effort that’s been put into decorating this city reminded me of Bristol’s fantastic street art and how it complements its alternative culture. It made me wonder whether the Bolivian artists gather, whether they plan their pieces and share ideas together, and whether they have any political or social motive.

One thing I’m sure about — the stuff I have seen is far beyond idle teenagers trying to impress each other!

(Here is part 2 about the country as a whole, and here is a post specifically about the city of Cochabamba).

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