Photo Walk Nº26 – Street art in the Centro Histórico
For our 26th Photo Walk, we searched out the main areas of street art in the Centro Histórico to photograph some very attractive and bright urban art.
We started off in Calle Isabela La Católica with its long stretch of painted panels around a church they are restoring there. Next we moved on to Calle Regina, a pedestrianized street with trees, cafés and lots of examples of graffiti and wall art. We also visited the Museo de la Memoria Indómita while we were there, dedicated to the many people who disappeared in Mexico in the 1960s-1990s.
Turning up Av. 20 de Noviembre, we made our way towards the Zócalo. The metallic doors on many of the shops along this street have been decorated with women’s faces but as it was after 10 am and the shops were already open, we were unable to see them. If you want to see them, you need to go early in the morning.
From the Zócalo, we wandered past many street vendors with their wares laid out along Calle Moneda until we came to a stunning series of street murals near the Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad. These are bright pictures of indigenous groups, flora and fauna, mythical animals and sea creatures, including the pink ajolote, or “walking fish” which can only be found in the canals of Xochimilco.
As we were very close to the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, we went in to see Diego Rivera’s first mural “Creación”, and other early murals done by Orozco and others. Finally, we had lunch on the terraza overlooking the Templo Mayor.