“Union” was the word chosen my the inhabitants of Altos De La Florida, a low income neighbourhood in Soacha, near Bogotá. Thank you to the volonteers and the locals who helped me paint this house. And thank you to the French Embassy in Colombia, who invited me here.
I rarely get to paint nice old houses like this one. Thank you to the Whee team who got me to paint their new language and cultural centre in Teusaquillo, Bogotá. It was a pleasure to paint this almost abstract mural with the help of very friendly people.
“Peace” is a word that everyone here agrees with, whether it be in the neighbourhood itself, or in the rest of Bogota. The mural includes 16 different houses and we chose the bridge that crosses the ring road as the point of view to see the whole piece. This bridge links the community with the rest of Bogota and hundreds of people walk across it each day.
Hopefully people from other parts of the city will also want to stand on the bridge to look at the art, and even cross the bridge to visit an isolated yet very warm community.
Thanks to everyone who helped us make this possible and special thanks to the Universidad de la Javeriana and its volunteers.
Mariscal Sucre is the name of the low income neighbourhood we’re working in. The people thought it would be great if we painted the name of the place on this large wall which is visible from the main road. Now everyone knows the name !
Share the Word episode 4 is under way here in Bogota, Colombia. We’re working in a neighbourhood called Mariscal Sucre which is situated on the mountain side in the East of the city. It’s a favela-type neighbourhood which no one goes to, and which is seperated from the rest of the city by a dual carridge way. I’ve been painting with proper spray paints which I’ve found locally, a real change from the previous projects!
For the moment, the inhabitants have been amazing and have given us a bunch of great words to share!