Lima has a prominent street art culture, and its streets have a special vividness and romance to them.

In my first post on Lima, I mentioned that sometimes the governing bodies of the different districts of Lima have trouble making unified decisions. Street art is one of such sticky issues. A few years ago, the mayor of Lima famously erased a lot of murals around the city. In response to this war on graffiti, the mayor of Barranco launched a street art competition. What a guy!

During my food tour of Barranco, our guide took us to see some of the highlights of the competition, and I was blown away by skill and the sheer size of them. I also love how they allude to the spiritual and healing tradition of Peru.

Street Art in Barranco

 

This work depicts the Incan trinity of the condor, the puma, and the snake.

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The caption reads: my first love had a claws and green wings.

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“The world is a system of unstable equillibrium”  Santiago Antúnez de Mayolo

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The surfer connecting to the spirit of the ocean and the sun as he rides the waves.

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Mother Ayahuasca and child.

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I love this one of the Peruvian dog – it really captures its playful nature. 

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Chill out and eat fruit! 

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The winner of the street art competition – the bird man.

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Street Art in Miraflores

These beautiful murals were my favourite part of Miraflores!

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