The hard-to-find street art of Cusco, Peru
Most of the town has been cleaned up for the tourists. That or all the frustrated creative types are too busy hawking the tacky paint-by-number-style “art” in Plaza de Armas to find time to spray a little color around.
But every so often, we discover a touch of color, an emotional bunch of lines, a little spark of contemporary creative energy creeping out.
Street art is controversial — the debate over whether graffiti is art or nuisance, beauty or blight is one I won’t be able to resolve. Though you can easily guess where I stand from the volume of street art I photograph while I travel.
Art on the walls of a town proves to me that artists live there. The quality of the art, and what the artist is trying to convey with it, may be lacking. But street art is a sketch book open for all to see. No locked door when a gallery closes for business can keep me — or anyone — from seeing what someone thought was worth expressing.
Even if it kinda sucks.