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12. Painting the town
The continuing reverberations of Colombia’s history inform Bogotá’s politically minded street art, while a recent event influences how it is produced. Following protests over the police's fatal shooting of a teenage artist in 2011, Bogotá largely decriminalised street art, allowing elaborate murals to flourish.
Starting on Carrera 4 and Calle 12, where a vibrant indigenous-themed mural by Guache covers Holofónica music studio’s façade, explore the rambling, art-filled streets of La Candelaria before heading toward El Centro. Where Carrera 4 intersects with Calle 20, there are several themes distilled into one large mural. Created by the stencil collective Toxicómano, it features the faces of homeless people—a classic.