Curaçao is the very equivalence of color. Whether you are familiar with this beautiful Dutch Caribbean island or not, it is most likely that you have seen a picture or two of its colorful “Handelskade” in the heart of its capital Willemstad. You know, that row of colorful buildings by the harbor. Now, what if I told you that since recently, the color has spread all over the the island, concentrating in Willemstad itself, and that this time it was by the hand of local artists?
If you follow my blog, you know that I have a slight obsession with street art (that’s putting it mildly) and that I try to satisfy that obsession with my travels. So, naturally when my birthday trip to the “Big Apple” came around, the first thing I did was diligently look into the best areas for murals and graffiti-clad buildings. It wasn’t easy, seeing that this was after all New York City and street art really is everywhere.
A photo journal of my Wynwood Walls experience
Oh Guadeloupe, how you have enchanted me. Your rivers, beaches and food were enough to make me want to live there permanently. But then you showed me your art.
Dear readers, it seems I have finally found the Street Art Mecca of the Caribbean. I still have lots to discover and I was not always camera-ready to snap a photo (a real traveler faux-pas) of all the murals, graffiti and street art I saw while driving around beautiful Guadeloupe, but I am convinced that this is it.
Enough of my ramblings tough. See for yourself why these French isles are the best in the Caribbean to Chase Murals.
Street art at it’s Caribbean finest. That’s what I call the murals found in Santa Bárbara, a tiny neighborhood at the edge of the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo. Not the finest of neighborhoods but a treat for street art fans nonetheless.
Graffiti has long been considered a “bad thing” mainly because of words like vandalism and property defacement. Hip Hop helped bringing it to the mainstream, spinning people’s views and opinions of it from a negative to a positive. It is now referred to as Street Art and is even used to beautify or add character to neighborhoods.