Wall art Seville Spain - Manny Rocca

Public Art

Street Art – Graffiti’s Evolution

The Parisienne chalk pavement artists were probably the first true Street Artists, but their work was impermanent. And whilst early religious art was both prolific and popular, it has always been confined to the interiors of buildings.

Today’s Street Art is exterior, more permanent and often on a very grand scale.

Spain Bilbao panoramic art - Zamoa Productions

So too with the work of Graffiti Artists, and it is from this medium (with much overlapping) that Street Art has evolved. Once shunned and persecuted, some Graffiti Artists were simply talented but frustrated artists and many now find themselves given access to a city’s buildings to decorate while afforded grants or other forms of financial aid for their efforts. Many, like Banksy, have achieved fame over former notoriety.


Nowadays Street Art manifests as a visually eclectic and boldly enlivening global art form.

Zaragoza street art - Zamoa Productions

Maroc Asilah art - Zamoa Productions
 


Some Street Artists may be self-funded, seeking only to have their work and talent exposed to the public. They will often utilise places off the beaten track that need a little cheering.

Ercolano Italy street art - Zamoa Productions

Caldas da Reinha Portugal art - Zamoa Productions

Bilbao Riverfront Walks 2015 (1)

Calhais Almada Portugal art - Zamoa Productions
 


Some Street Artists are contracted to depict local cultural themes.

Larache Maroc art - Zamoa Productions

Maroc Larache street art - Zamoa Productions

Granada Spain art - Zamoa Productions

Maroc Chefchaouen art - Zamoa Productions
 


Street Art often carries a social or political message.

Tangier Morocco art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lagos art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lisboa-Belem art - Zamoa Productions

Seville Spain art - Manny Rocca

Granada Street Art Spain - Zamoa Productions

Spain Granada street art - Zamoa Productions

Spain Caceres art - Zamoa Productions

Spain Zaragoza art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lisboa art - Zamoa Productions

Lisbon art Portugal - Zamoa Productions
 


It is important to many communities that their local heroes and personalities feature large.

Granada art Spain - Zamoa Productions

Spain Granada art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lagos Algarve art - Zamoa Productions

Spain Algeciras art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lagos street art - Zamoa Productions

Tarifa Spain art - Zamoa Productions
 


An artist may chip away at an existing surface to create a pixelated image – or apply their work to rock faces.

Braga Portugal art - Zamoa Productions

Spain Caceres art - Zamoa Productions
 


Or they may apply sculptural figures or collage.

Portugal Caldas art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lisboa Belem art - Zamoa Productions
 


While others can warp our sense of perspective.

Spain Zamora art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lagos art - Zamoa Productions
 


Local councils often invite Street Artists to create vivid, bold and expressive works to enliven their city’s environ. Many are on such a scale that they leave an impactful legacy on the city and become common landmarks.

Bilbao Street Art - Zamoa Productions

Spain Vigo art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lisboa wall art - Zamoa Productions
 


Advertisers are not unaware of Street Art’s impact either.

Portugal Lisboa Belem wall art - Zamoa Productions

Spain Caceres wall art - Zamoa Productions
 


Many works are comic or surreal and applied purely to entertain.

Spain Lugo art - Zamoa Productions

Bilbao Street Art - Zamoa Productions

Bilbao art Spain - Zamoa Productions

Spain Zaragoza art - Zamoa Productions

Zaragoza art Spain - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Calhais Almada art - Zamoa Productions

Back Street Art - Ercolano Italy
 


Some works mark (or deliberately obscure) entrances to Clubs, Bars or Industry.

Zamora wall art Spain - Zamoa Productions

Granada Spain art - Zamoa Productions

Spain Granada art - Zamoa Productions
 


Cities will often permit Street Artists to apply their work in order to ‘beautify’ eyesores or to ‘hide in plain sight’ the derelict or mundane.

Portugal Lagos wall art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lisboa wall art - Zamoa Productions

Caligraphy Shop - Assilah Morocco

Spain Sevilla - photo Manny Rocca

Spain Algeciras wall art - Zamoa Productions

Spain Almeria Cabo de Gato art - Zamoa Productions
 


Art should, and often does, challenge: Street Art is no different, often poking fun at a society’s mores and bringing a smile to the lips of the passers-by.

Portugal Lagos wall art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lisboa wall art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lagos - street art Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lagos street art - Zamoa Productions

Spain Badajoz art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Coimbra art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal Lisboa Cacilhas wall art - Zamoa Productions

Portugal OPorto wall art - Zamoa Productions
 


Graffiti meets Street Art – crossover territory.

Portugal Lisboa graffiti art - Zamoa Productions

Spain Bilbao graffiti art - Zamoa Productions

Spain Seville - art Zamoa Productions

Spain Seville - Zamoa Productions art
 


Some excellent Street Art can also be found in underground rail stations and connecting tunnels enlivening bland walls in a public space.

Portugal Lisboa station art - Zamoa Productions
 
Whatever the medium or style, these talented Street Artists have left their indelible mark on contemporary society and many a Renaissance Artist would surely have envied their commercial exposure.

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Sri Lanka 2017 – Dambulla to Anuradhapura

Dambulla

In our travels we have come to the conclusion that less equates to more. Not for the first time, we are paying far less for a superb, high standard of room in Anuradhapura than the previous two nights’ accommodation in Dambulla. In this instance we are paying half of that.

It requires some prior research, but has happened so often for us that we hold to the maxim.

Dambulla Fruit & Vegetable Wholesale Market

Anuradhapura

Singer has had a long history in Sri Lanka and India, starting with the old treadle sewing machine. The company has now branched out into other appliances and its name is a common sight throughout the country – but, think on this: the majority Sri Lankans are Sinhalese and refer to themselves and their language as (phonetically) Singha. Now was it a happy coincidence for Singer, or very clever marketing?

Flora, vegetables and dried fish
Lakes, Buddhist temples, more delicious curries and snacks, more monkey business, the Bohdi tree leaf as inspiration for the Buddhist stupas and a tortoise
The lakes in Sri Lanka abound with bird life – many types of herons, and plenty of egrets
New Buddhist Stupa under construction – volunteer Buddhists and the Sri Lankan military help with the construction

This new Stupa in Anuradhapura has been under construction since 2010 and is about another 10 years from completion. It is solid and will contain more than 30 million bricks. It will end up gleaming plastered white and will stand nipple-proud adding to those that dot the landscape.

We were allowed to climb up a lot of steps to the top – no hard-hat or safety harness…..but we had to remove our shoes…..


Us and our hair shirts and other things

We mostly eschew the air-con buses in favour of the local 50-seater jalopies with crazy drivers. Hot and sweaty, we enjoy the circus as we await departure. Passengers (including travellers like us) cram in with their baggage. A line of pedlars noisily tout their tantalising food wares up the aisle and we take this opportunity to buy some goodies for the journey. Beggars thread their way through the crush doing their rounds, unfazed even as the bus starts to move off.
Once under way, the cooling breeze from the open doors and windows gives relief: the doors are never closed. All buses have on-board conductors who are as agile as monkeys and must have the proverbial memory of an elephant as passengers’ access is through both rear and front doors.

The frequent stops make the journey both interesting and lengthy. Believe me, the drivers have NO consideration for their passengers’ comfort – they are obsessed with passing everything in their way – however there is great skill in evidence here. The AC buses, however, fill up (right up, with fold-down aisle seats) and make minimal stops between A and B. Same standard of driving, but they take the highways. They cost only about three times more. We used one from Anuradhapura to Kandy.

Our 4-hour ‘local’ bus from Kandy to Negombo tested me sorely – sore arsed and sweat soaked I’m thinking it’s time to shuck this hair shirt shit – I’m going for a bit more comfort in these last couple of days. Only a few dollars more anyway.

Women can be seen in both villages and cities washing clothes the ancient way; thrashing them on the rocks (or concrete platforms) in flowing water.

Local people modestly bathe and wash themselves at the lakes’ edges in many an upland city. I suspect this has been going on for centuries, but feel that tourism will eventually force the practice to cease.

Rice production, which is second to tea production, is still very labour intensive but now mechanised. The use of the sickle is still prevalent here though.


Here’s an interesting fact

Especially for all you Kiwis and ex Kiwis:
Fonterra has a longstanding contract to supply Sri Lanka with milk. Mostly, the milk is sold under the Anchor brand – another once-famous product name in NZ. There you go, and you thought you knew everything!

For those cricket fans, the Sri Lankans also seem to have a healthy respect for the NZ cricket team.


Tropical Cyclone Ockhi

In case this completely escaped your attention what with the Australian media being obsessed with the riveting and ‘serious’ matter of whether politicians should only be Australian citizens, there has been some seriously bad weather over here:

Cyclone Ockhi – Wikipedia

Searches for fishermen during Cyclone Ockhi

We seemed to be charmed as we criss-crossed the island, missing most if not all of it.

Many fishermen lost their lives and my heart goes out to them – it’s a helluva hard way to earn a living in these parts and extremely competitive, without having the sea against you too.