Córdoba, capital of urban art

Córdoba, capital of urban art
Córdoba, capital of urban art

In a short period of time, Córdoba has undergone a notable transformation, becoming a vast canvas where numerous artists, muralists and graffiti artists find space to give life to urban art or “street art”, turning the city into an extensive open-air gallery.

From walls to promenades, buildings, bridges and tunnels, the banks of the Suquía River, community centers, squares and the urban panorama of the provincial capital have been adorned with thousands of murals. This artistic expression redefines urban identity, offering new ways of being, expressing and communicating.

The most fascinating thing is that this experience is not a recent strategy to attract tourists. Beyond that, both visitors and residents themselves find surprises in every corner of the city. Even neighbors may be surprised, often with a touch of humor, to find murals on the walls of uninhabited houses or on the walls of vacant lots near their homes. Artistic expression thus becomes an integral part and one of the reasons why groups arrive in Córdoba, with thousands of tourists seeking to be surprised by these street interventions.

How urban art emerged in Córdoba capital

Mexican muralism is a crucial precedent in this history. Emerging between 1910 and 1920 as a pictorial movement rooted in social and political causes, it played a fundamental role in Mexico. His murals became visual chronicles, narrating the collective history of a largely illiterate population at that time, seeking national unity through powerful images.

However, muralism evolved over time. It diversified into various themes and styles, adopting a more agile, popular, cosmopolitan and often apolitical stance. What began as a countercultural movement in the streets became a vital form of expression, whether as a means of protest, tribute or vindication.

Today, every major city in the world, both in Latin America and Europe, has areas where murals made by renowned contemporary artists are concentrated. And Córdoba is no exception, although it is worth clarifying that its approach is unique.

Muralism with a Cordoban accent

Córdoba has been honored with the title of “Capital of Urban Art”, consolidating itself as a cultural and tourist epicenter of international importance, following the example of large Latin American metropolises such as San Pablo, Medellín, Santiago de Chile or Buenos Aires.

With almost 115,000 square meters of artistic murals, the city is beautified and consolidates itself as a must-see destination for lovers of urban art. The fascinating thing about Córdoba is that there is no single neighborhood or sector designated to appreciate the work of mural artists.

In every corner, whether a neighborhood, a bridge, a square or a tunnel, urban public space has been artistically transformed. Residents have managed to give new meanings to spaces that previously lacked value or identity, turning the entire city into a vast canvas full of expression and creativity.

Three works of urban art that you cannot miss in Córdoba

In Córdoba, urban art flourishes in various parts of the city, offering a rich diversity of expressions. Here I present three outstanding examples:

Suquía river waterfront

Between the old Avellaneda Bridge and the Antártica Bridge, passing by the modern Mestre Bridge, street artists have found a new canvas on the walls that once went unnoticed behind the river. These murals celebrate the identity of the traditional Alberdi neighborhood, presenting a colorful village full of life. The motifs range from period portraits to aesthetic influences from anime, giving a young and fresh touch to the banks of the river.

Large mural of the Observatory neighborhood

Conceived by renowned artist Martín Ron, this mural impresses with its 30 meters high and 8 meters wide, adorning the side wall of a building at Pueyrredón 864 as part of the municipal “Art of Our People” program. Completed in October 2022, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Astronomical Observatory that gives its name to the neighborhood, the mural features a character named Olivia playing with a star balloon and pointing to the sky, inviting observation. This work is a tribute to the neighborhood and the observatory.

First inclusive mural in the city

In honor of the 78th anniversary of the Helen Keller Institute for Education for the Blind, an intervention was held that tells the story of its creator. The artist used the sgraffito technique, creating tactile textures with layers of cement that allow blind or low vision people to recognize images of people, flowers and objects. This mural has extra value, as it represents a milestone by being recognized as the first inclusive mural in the city.

 
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