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Bolivia: Latin American Muralists Adorn La Paz Hill

  • An artist paints a mural in La Paz, Bolivia.

    An artist paints a mural in La Paz, Bolivia. | Photo: EFE

Published 8 September 2018

The artistic project was part of the third edition of the Meeting of Latin American Muralism.

An interactive space for children located on a hill in La Paz, Bolivia has been embellished with roughly thirty murals painted by more than a hundred artists from the South American country, as well as Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.

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The artistic project was part of the third edition of the Meeting of Latin American Muralism, which started on August 27 and ended Friday.

The locale for the murals is called the "Interactive Memory and Future Space Pipiripi," a children's thematic museum positioned on a hill inside the Central Urban Park of La Paz.

With its spectacular 360 degrees view of the city, Pipiripi is now home to more than 26 murals adorning the facade, terrace and some interior walls of the museum.

"We have painted almost 2,500 square meters. We have mobilized some 150 muralists. It was one of the largest calls we had in this third edition and I think everyone is satisfied," said Ramiro López, an official in charge of the organization.

The meeting of muralists takes place every two years with the aim of "Making the streets their canvas to express the meaning of this Latin American meeting," Lopez explained.

The theme for this edition was titled "Latin American Roots." It also took into account the fact that the physical space for the murals is dedicated o children.

Hence, one of the murals depicts the La Paz character "cholita," an Aymara indigenous woman who styles her long hair in two braids and wears a skirt, blouse and bowler hat. There are also "t'antawawas", some human-shaped bread typical of the Day of the Dead holiday, as well as Andean musical instruments such as the charango, miners, and animals considered sacred to the Bolivian indigenous people, such as crickets and the puma.

Some of the participating muralists included Argentineans Marila Tarabay and Alejandra Zeme from the Nereidas R collective. They said they were more than happy to have been part of the initiative since it was the first time they had painted a collective mural outside their country.

"We're filled with enormous pride to be part of this meeting, to share with Latin American brothers and exchange concepts with other muralists," Tarabay said.

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