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Mon Mar 7, 2016, 06:13 AM

Graffiti in Bogota is attracting tourists

Graffiti in Bogota is attracting tourists

From civil war to the war on drugs, street artists in a unique environment have a wealth of inspiration to draw from.

By: Vawn Himmelsbach Special to the Star, Published on Mon Mar 07 2016

In Bogota, graffiti artists can work during the day without fear of prosecution or detention. They would be fined, at most, if they painted on a government or private building without permission.

COLOMBIA-Christian Petersen first visited Colombia in 2001, “when it was a completely different country to what it is today.” The Aussie returned in 2009, married a Colombian woman he met on a bus back in 2001 and co-founded Bogota Graffiti Tour.

Petersen, an artist, was impressed by Bogota’s street art scene. “Colombia has very potent and relevant socio-political issues and topics to draw inspiration from, like the longest-running civil war in the world, injustices, poverty, internal displacement, genocide, corruption, war on drugs, and much more.”

But it’s not all political: The country’s biodiversity is also a rich source of inspiration on the streets.


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