A recent revisit to the facade of the okupada (squat) on the corner of Calle Embajadores and Calle Rodas, which is often the canvas for stunning street art, was a reminder that art of the street is a perpetually evolving, mutating and organically curated work, in constant progress. Gone is the cat from "What's New Pussy Cat?" and so is the camera boy from "Say, PATATAS!" and the beauty from "Stalking Beauty" and all the smiles from "SMILE" In its place is a collaboration of a number of well-known local artists: Steven, e1000ink, chylo, Borondo, and whoever else is bold enough to join in this visual riff.
I love this new mural collaboration. It seems ripe for one of my mashup comic narratives, which I will perhaps create one day soon. For now though, I wanted to share this visual eye candy in its original form.
Like the buds and leaves that are bursting from the branches of once barren trees around the barrio, the weather beaten walls around Lavapies are also bursting with new life, colours and shapes. Be on the watch, there is beauty everywhere.
All photography by Shehani Kay