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Neighborhood Art - in Argentina

 

by Bill Evans

 

 

 

 Benito Quinquela Martin was born in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1890.  He is considered one of the most famous and popular Argentine painters.  His piece, "Return from fishing", was adapted to tile by ceramic artist Ricardo Sanchez and placed on this apartment building on Calle Caminito, La Boca neighborhood's most famous street and Argentina's renowned 'open air' museum.  

 

 

 

This sculpture, entitled 'Mother' (La Madre), is part of the La Boca neighborhood open-air art exhibition in Buenos Aires.  It was sculpted by Argentinian artist Juan B. Leone.

 

 

 

 

 

"Education doesn't change the world.  It changes the people who are going to change the world."
 
This quote is painted on the wall of a building which is used as a learning center in Mendoza, Argentina. The author of the quote, Paulo Freire, was born in Recife, Brazil in 1921.  He was an educator and author until his death at age 75. He dedicated his whole life to improving the lives of the poor.  His most famous book, "Pedagogy of the Oppressed", was published after the military dictatorship in Brazil imprisoned him as a traitor and then exiled him from his country in 1964. After living and working in the USA, Switzerland, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique he was allowed to return to his home country in 1980. His teachings lead to a groundswell of dedication to 'Liberation Theology' and have greatly impacted Argentina and all of South America.

 

 This colorful and heavily traveled pedestrian bridge, dubbed 'School of Law Bridge' (Puente Facultad de Derechos), crosses President Figueroa Alcorta Avenue a major thoroughfare in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The bridge takes you from the National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo National de Bellas Artes) to the 'University of Buenos Aires School of Law' (Universidad de Buenos Aires Facultad de Derechos) and 'United Nations Plaza' (Plaza de las Naciones Unidas) with its renowned steel flower sculpture and reflecting pool.

 

 

 

 

 

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