Street-Art in La Paz, Mexico - Murals and Sculptures

Street-Art in La Paz, Mexiko - Murals und Skulpturen vom Feinsten.
Street-Art in La Paz, Mexico - Murals and Sculptures. "Cambiando" from Hellcat

Mexico. The colourful city of La Paz in Mexico invites you to explore. One of them starts directly at the Malecón, the magnificent waterfront promenade. A tour that holds some surprises in store: Street-art at its best. Murals and sculptures of whales, sharks and sea lions, a mermaid, the famous oceanographer Jacques Yves Cousteau and much more. They remind you of the history of the city and want to open your eyes for the beauty of the nature of Baja California. And they call for the protection of the seas. In my following article you will learn more about street art in La Paz, Mexico. You will get to know some of my favorite murals and sculptures and learn where you can discover them.


Nature connects

I knew the Baja California was famous for whale watching. But the fact that I got to see a blue whale took me by surprise. I have trouble capturing this huge animal with my camera. Luckily he holds still and I have a second try. Just in time I press the shutter release, then a red car slides between my camera and the whale.

The artist Dagos Art incorporates in his work elements such as flora, fauna and traditions characteristic of La Paz. He depicts these in ornaments inside the whale. He also divides the mural into two parts, the visible and invisible under water.

There are more whales in La Paz. They are joined by sea lions, sharks, dolphins and coyotes. The murals bring the fauna and flora of Baja California to the city. They want to connect people - among each other and with nature. They also want to shake people up, point out grievances and motivate them to be more environmentally aware.

A City becomes colorful - the Beginnings of Street Art in La Paz

It all began in 2013 in the Ignacio Zaragoza around the Big Sur Café. This is where the first murals of La Paz, Mexico, were created. An artist from Mexico City called the first street art competition. Thereupon several paintings were created in the Ignacio Zaragoza. In some of them several artists worked together. So it happens that some murals combine different styles.

This is where it all began. On the walls of the Big Sur Café in Ignacio Zaragoza a painting of an old woman's face with a hat was created in 2013. It was a joint project of several artists.

This elephant in the Ignacio Zaragoza was also created as a joint project. If you take a closer look, you will discover several faces, eyes and even a pregnant woman lying down in the elephant. In addition, the elephant holds a brush with its trunk. It is almost as if he had painted with it himself.

Das Street-Art Projekt “Mural City La Paz”

Im Jahr 2017 startete schließlich das Künstlerkollektiv Tomato Collective das Projekt “Mural City La Paz”. Das historische Zentrum von La Paz wurde bunt. Inspiriert von der Natur der Baja California entstanden 26 Kunstwerke. Künstler und die Menschen, die hier leben, malten zusammen und erschufen kreative Botschaften, die den Wert der Natur vor Augen rufen.

  • 26 Artists
  • 20 Volunteers
  • 5 Workshops
  • 26 Families
  • 26 Murals
  • 1350 Square Meters
    Source: colectivo tomate

You can see about 50 murals in the city centre alone. Many works of art can be found in the streets Ignacio Zaragoza, A. Mijares, Melchor Ocampo, Mutualismo. On some murals there are even small signs with the name of the artist, the painting and a short description. You can discover the murals in La Paz on your own. But I liked a guided tour much better. By this way, one gets to know the most about the paintings and the interesting stories they tell.

Street-Art in the Street A. Mijares, La Paz

The mural "Convergencia Armonica" by Dherzu Uzala is inspired by the flora and fauna of La Palz. It shows the contrast that nature unites in one place: the desert and the sea. For Dherzu Uzala, the whale represents a peaceful, noble and magical being. At the same time, however, it is powerful and imposing. These characteristics describe the personality of the inhabitants of la Paz.

Beach, turquoise water, sea lions, birds and the sunsets over the bay of La Paz inspired Fando Criez to create this mural.

The painting by Eva Bracamonts shows two children in the centre of the picture. They hold a baby sea lion in their arms and a pearl shell in their hands. The fauna and flora of the Baja California grows around them. Everything is carried by a large turtle. In her work, the artist emphasizes the need to protect and preserve nature. Among other things, reference is made to the campaign for the protection of parrotfish, which was running at the time.

In dem Zentrum des Gemäldes “Der Haken von gestern und heute” stehen ein Fisch, zwei Hände und ein Haken. Der Fisch stellt die Bedeutung der Fischerei dar. Der Haken vereint die linke und die rechte Seite, welche die einheimische bzw. die iberische Kultur repräsentieren. Im Hintergrund ist die Fauna der Baja Califonia zu erkennen.

Street-Art in the Street Mutualismo, La Paz

Der Fischfang ist eine grundlegende Tätigkeit der Einwohner von La Paz. Er versorgt die Menschen nicht nur mit Nahrung sondern er bestimmt die gesamte Wirtschaft und Kultur. Die Künstlerin zeigt in ihrem Gemälde die “Reconcilacion”, also die Versöhnung Versöhnung der Fischer mit dem Meer. Denn sie haben gelernt, in Harmonie miteinander zu lenben. Die Frau stellt das Meer dar, ihre Haare schweben, als wären sie im Wasser. Auf ihrer Haut spiegeln sich das Wasser und Delfine. Im Hintergrund ist die Architektur von La Paz zu erkennen.

“Das Gewissen eines guten Fischers” handelt vom Fischfang und Leben. Früher haben die Fischer der Manglito-Gemeinde von der Wilderei profitiert. Durch bessere Kommunikation und Organisation der Fischerei entwickelte sich jedoch ein Bewusstsein für den Artenschutz. Auf dem Basecap des Fischers leuchtet eine Kerze des Erkennens. Er erkennt die Bedrohung der Natur und prangert die Perlenfischer an. Das blaue Band um seinen Hals hält eines der Fischerboote fest, denn er will verhindern, dass alle Boote auslaufen. Die weißen Figuren am unteren Rand des Bildes haben Kinder gemalt.

The mural is inspired by the flora and fauna and the beauty of a region threatened by poaching. The hammerhead shark and the parrotfish, two species threatened by man, are representative. The parrotfish carries a pearl in its beak. Both animals remind us that many species are threatened with extinction and must be protected.

Hellcat shows the beauty of small details in several smaller works.

Street-Art in the Street Lerdo de Tejada, La Paz

Das Gemälde “Einer mit dem Meer” stellt die Ureinwohner der Baja California in den Mittelpunkt, die Pericue- und Guaycura-Ethnien. Es zeigt die Verbundenheit, Liebe und Respekt zwischen den Ureinwohnern und dem Meer. Dies wird durch das Perlenarmband und den orangefarbenen “Herzfisch” gezeigt, der auf die schützend gefalteten Hände zuschwimmt.

In his painting, Amyra Morales represents the surprise and fascination that one experiences by diving into the wonderful underwater world of La Paz.

A tropical-looking painting in which the heads of the fishermen become fruits. Among other things, the painting tells the anecdote of the pitaya (dragon fruit). Once the seeds have passed through the digestive tract, they are used to make a paste that is the basis for a traditional drink.

The artist Argeo shows in his painting La Pesca a chaotic world that is out of balance.

Street-Art in other Streets in La Paz

Values, community and family strengthen the peaceful community in La Paz. Driven by concern over the loss of values and thus identity, Leo Monzoy emphasizes the importance of each family member: the father with his lance as the provider of the family, the mother who maintains the family bond and the child as the representative of future generations. What I find remarkable about this image is that the child alone has opened the eyes.

The painting of Uli Martínez is inspired by the flora and fauna of Baja California, the desert, the Sea of Cortez and traditional rancherias. Coyote Mágico shows the relationship between the environment and its inhabitants.

Sculptures at the Malecón in La Paz, Mexico

Der Malecòn ist bei Einheimischen und Touristen gleichermaßen beliebt. Auf der etwa fünf Kilometer langen Uferpromenade wird gejoggt, gequatscht und fotografiert. Das wohl beliebteste Fotomotiv ist der bunte Schriftzug “La Paz”, zu deutsch “der Frieden”.

Approximately every 100 meters the Malecón widens up to small places. They are decorated with sculptures. Many of them are dedicated to the sea or tell the history of the city, like the huge pearl shell next to the Muelle Fiscal.

Häufig besucht wird auch der berühmte französische Meeresforscher Jacques Yves Cousteau. Ausgerüstet mit Tauchermaske, -flasche und Kamera sitzt er seit 2012 am Ufer und schaut aufs Meer hinaus. Womöglich hält er nach Grauwalen Ausschau. Diese kommen jedes Jahr in die Baja California, um ihre Jungen zu gebären. Doch heute sieht er nur fünf Öltanker, die in der Bucht von La Paz vor Anker liegen. Cousteau erforschte und dokumentierte viele Jahre lang die Sea of Cortez und nannte sie das “Aquarium der Welt”.

In the following you can see a small selection of the statues at the Malecón. There are many more to discover.


Have you ever been to La Paz? Which artwork do you like best? I am happy about your comments.


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