On Friday 11th March, a group of us had the most wonderful
walking tour through the Soho area of Malaga, learning about the Street Art.
The whole area was once a no-go area but Malaga showed great foresight in starting a project MAUS (Malaga Arte Urbano Soho) to brighten up the area and encourage visitors to enjoy a newly renovated area with hotels, cafes and restaurants.
The tour started by looking at graffiti on the walls at the side of the river bed. From there we moved on to murals on various walls including the side of a primary school. We heard about the motivation for such paintings, how the paintings could be achieved at such heights and the medium used – some were painted in 2013 and still have vivid colours. After nearly two hours, which really excited our senses, it was time to move on. After a coffee break, we visited the birthplace of Picasso and then some of us visited the Picasso Foundation Gallery, which had an exhibition of works by Picasso’s nephew. There is another area, well known for Street Art, Las Luginillas, in streets behind the Picasso Birth House Museum. I provided maps and so some people chose to have a stroll there. Some others just had lunch !
We boarded our bus at 4.00 pm, quite sure that we wouldn’t ever look at Street Art Murals in the same way again – some of us also noticed some of the graffiti names boldly emblazoned on buildings, walls and fences on the way back to Nerja. A truly educational and enjoyable trip.
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