Posted by: Mary | July 18, 2013

Art or graffiti?

When we see paintings on buildings in the U.S., it’s usually graffiti – some kid or gang has decided to leave their mark and it’s unattractive, usually done hurriedly with spray paint.  But other times, it’s a mural that has been commissioned as public art and enjoyed by the community and visitors.  When I run across them, I’m usually surprised because we have so few, but I see them all over in Europe and other countries.

Take this mural that I saw in Ecuador:

Ecuador Bridge Mural

Ecuador Bridge Mural

It was inspired by this bridge, right across from the building:

Ecuador Bridge

Ecuador Bridge

How about this colorful one in Strasbourg, France? It looks like a mix of art & graffiti.

Strasbourg Mural

Strasbourg Mural

Or these colorful and artistic ones that look like illustrations from a children’s book?

Switzerland Mural

Switzerland Mural

Switzerland Mural

Switzerland Mural

And if you get lost wandering in Otavalo, just check out this map mural to figure out where you’re going:

Mural Map of Otavalo

Mural Map of Otavalo

And here are a few others of interest:

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