This snap of some graffiti and murals in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires was the most appropriate visual I could come up with on short notice for today’s St. Valentine’s Day holiday. To those of you who celebrated, I hope you celebrated well.
This was the first picture I snapped in Buenos Aires, which is reason enough to post it, no? Near the Angel Gallardo subte station, Buenos Aires, 22-Jan-2013.
That’s one we can all easily aspire to as we begin what will be our best year yet.
Wishing you lots of love in 2013, along with plenty of health, happiness, serenity and peace. Thanks everyone for visiting, liking, commenting and sharing over the past year – it’s all very much appreciated, more than you’ll ever know.
I spotted this yesterday afternoon and liked the juxtaposition.
At top, a billboard for Adria Airlines, Slovenia’s national carrier, reads: “Taking off into the future.” Just below it is a scrawled reminder for tomorrow’s nationwide demonstration, which reads: “We won’t pay for your crisis! Take to the streets on Dec 21!” I’m expecting a big turnout.
And entirely unrelated, except that they too involve graffiti, are a couple more snaps from early yesterday afternoon.
The first, of this fat angry rabbit-like creature, has been on the side of outgoing President Danilo Türk‘s apartment building on Pražakova street for months. He steps down on Saturday and will be succeeded by former Prime Minister Borut Pahor, who soundly defeated Türk in a run-off on December 2. Just under 42% of voters went to the polls, the lowest ever in Slovenian history, a fact which apparently made young models cry black tears.
Speaking of taking off -
Today marks 32 days to go before I leave on my extended jaunt. I haven’t made nearly the progress I anticipated with packing and storing, but I did take the crucial step of setting the main move-out date from my apartment. That’ll be January 4th, which will leave me with just over 14 days to focus solely on some of the early logistics and get moving on some much-needed basic research. No time or room for panic just yet.
I first mentioned this graffiti nearly three years ago, and I’m delighted to report that it’s still there on a wall next to the entrance of the University of Ljubljana’s Central Technical Library near Cankarjev Dom. Spreading the word to anyone willing to listen.
I’m away at the moment, enjoying a quick camping trip at Lake Bohinj during a 60-hour computer-free stretch. I hope the rain stays away. At least most of it.
I rode by these pieces last week during a bike ride past Litija, about 40 kilometers east of Ljubljana, and stopped to take a closer look on the way back.
It’s all work produced during Urban Art Meeting, a graffiti workshop financed by the EU and organized by the Litija Youth Center in July 2010. Local artists teamed with crews visiting from Ljubljana and Italy to cover walls in three areas around the city. These were on a railroad bridge just to the north of town. Some really good stuff! A slideshow of 15 works is below.
Have your eyes adjusted to the dateline pic?
Does it work for you? It kinda did for me. But it was raining so some of the yellow paint got on my hands.
I biked over 100 kilometers yesterday for the first time. That may not be a big deal for some people, but for a recovering former chain smoker like me, it is.
The bulk of it was from the city of Cerknica back to Ljubljana via Rakitna. Which meant lots of hills, too. Which meant plenty of stops to take photos. Above is the view from village of Gorenja Brezovica, which is southwest of Ljubljana, to the northwest. I would have missed this view if I hadn’t been on my bike.
To the geographically curious, here’s a route map of the Cerknica to Ljubljana part. When I descended from the hills to the Ljubljana Moors, I felt remarkably good so I just kept pedaling around. 100km became a quest. And I haven’t even felt too bad today.
A few more shots:
- Five Snaps in the Ljubljana Moors – Barje part II (pirancafe.com)
I decided some time ago that much of the graffiti and street art being splattered onto Ljubljana’s walls is nothing more than vandalism. That hasn’t kept me from snapping photos of it. And every so often I’m even proven wrong. Like with the one above.
Here’s a selection of 20 pics, a ‘best of’ what I came across over the past month, and the first of what will likely be a monthly look back. They’re not all new per se, but they are new here. Most were taken here in Ljubljana, and a few during my quick trip to Piran a couple weeks ago.
If you’re a fan, a couple things I suggest you check out: a previous post here with a four minute-long video of Ljubljana street art I pieced together last year, and the Spadina Monologues, a blog where Toronto-based artist Christina Estima curates pics of graffiti from her hometown.
So face the wall, and Enjoy!
- East Side Galleries (LJ Pics of the Day) (pirancafe.com)
Sometimes you just gotta love kids who climb railroad bridges with cans of spray paint. This pic even inspired a very short video which you can find below and watch when you’ve got 44 seconds to spare. That in turn – and this is the best part – led to several hours acquainting myself with the soundscapes created by Sol Rezza.
From her bio on the Free Music Archive:
Sol Rezza (born April 7th 1982, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a sound artist, sound designer and sound jockey focused on the transformation of soundscapes into strange sound narratives. Her works are developed from field recordings of her own, sound objects from nature recorded by the artist, vocal experimentation and computer generated virtual instruments used as sound modulators. Her pieces are noted for their unconventional way of working, achieving unique sound textures for each of her compositions through the layer modification of previously recorded sounds. The narrative and the constant play with the symbols of language is a fundamental point throughout his work.
No, of course I’m not admitting to my first mistake. When I do finally make one however, you’ll be the first to know. Promise.
I’ve read a lot about French street artist Miss.Tic over the years, seen photos of many of her creations and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit of her work that I stumbled upon in Berlin last fall. But it wasn’t until last month that I finally saw an original by this Parisian on her home turf. It even features a bike! And I love her hair. Enjoy.