Havana Street Art 9

On a door = Central Havana Cuba

On a door = Central Havana Cuba

These first two pieces of street art were not typical – not graffiti, not political, not professional, not edgy. Representational and charming and bright.

Door in Central Havana Cuba

Door in Central Havana Cuba

I cropped this very tight because I couldn’t get rid of all the distracting elements around it any other way:

Hanging in a park where we had lunch in Vinales, Cuba

Hanging in a park where we had lunch in Vinales, Cuba

This is my last post on Cuban street art. And, this last photo is a segue into the next series of Cuban posts on (surprise! NOT!) on Cuban cars.

Blue Graffiti, Blue Car - Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Blue Graffiti, Blue Car – Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Havana Street Art 8

In an earlier post on Havana Street Art, I showed a police call box. Now, here are two more, each with its own interesting setting.

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana - Police Call box #2

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana – Police Call box #2

 

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana - Police Call box #3

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana – Police Call box #3

In keeping with the sculptural nature of the these call boxes – here’s another type of sculptural printing.

Crumbling Columns - Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Crumbling Columns – Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

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Cuba Day 6 Central Havana along the Malecon

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana along the Malecon

I approached this sculpture from the rear and had no idea what it was, except that it made an interesting composition with the lamp post, the cars and the fort across the harbour.  The pedestrian and the runner were a bonus.

Imagine my surprise when I got to the other side…

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana along the Malecon

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana along the Malecon

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana along the Malecon

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana along the Malecon

 

 

For more Havana Street sculpture look here, or at any of my other recent Thursday posts.

 

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Central Havana - Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana – Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

More street art, sculpture and wisdom from the Central Havana neighbourhood of Callejon de Hamel.  Previous post on this street was a week ago today.

Central Havana - Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana – Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana - Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana – Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana - Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana – Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana - Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana – Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

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Central Havana - Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana – Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

On the Sunday of our week in Havana our Havana Photo Workshop walked to Callejon de Hamel to hear more Cuban Rumba music (e.g. Rumberos de Cuba) and to take in the art and people who frequent the Sunday noon performances.   I couldn’t get anywhere near to the musicians and dancers so concentrated on the art (and the people – of which more on a future Thursday.)

Even the taller, surrounding buildings were painted and filled with designs and icons.

Central Havana - Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana – Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana - Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana – Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

And there were interesting details and Spanish quotes. And bathtubs inserted into walls as bench seating or displays or turned upside down for additional seats.

Central Havana - Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana – Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana - Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Central Havana – Callejon de Hamel, February 2016

Next Thursday – more from Callejon de Hamel, Havana.

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I stopped to shoot the bike and the wall art and the owner came along and photobombed my composition!

I stopped to shoot the bike and the graffiti (and the refuse) and the owner came along and photobombed my composition!

Same wall art two ways…

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana February 2016

Some wall art was on the side of buildings, others, like the one below, seemed to be on facades erected to hide empty lots or completely decayed buildings.

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana - This might have been outside a play school but whatever it was, was closed on a Sunday.

Central Havana – This might have been outside a play school but, whatever it was, was closed on a Sunday.

The background of this ‘map’ wall art is the Cuban Flag and I believe the locations and dates may be related to battles or successes in the Cuban revolution.  At first I thought it might be a sign for a bus schedule!  Any Spanish-speaking people or Cuban experts reading this who’d like to comment?

Cuba Day 3 - Somewhere in the west of Central Havana nearing the Vedado neighbourhood.

Cuba Day 3 – Somewhere in the west of Central Havana nearing the Vedado neighbourhood.

My previous posts of Havana street art are #1, #2, and #3.

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Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2 – with my colleague Debbie

All these photos are from my second day (of a one-week photo workshop) in Havana in the Central Havana neighbourhood in February 2016.

Previous street art posts can be seen here and here.

If it’s not obvious, the next picture was taken looking straight down at the edge of a sidewalk where it met the street, and the cigarette butts and dirt and garbage that had collected there.

Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2 – For those who don’t read Spanish it says: “Made in Cuba”

Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2 – Street name.

Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2 – Any Spanish translators reading this?

Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2 – I think seats for these chairs got taken into the houses so they a) didn’t get wet, b) didn’t get stolen or c) they could be used inside too(?) 

Havana Street Art 2

Cuba Day 2

Police call box – Hard to say whether it’s still in use!  Cuba Day 2

Have a look at a variety of street art in the Central Havana neighbourhood of Havana, taken on my second day there. My previous post on street art is here.

Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2

Near the Malecon looking landward.  Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2

There’s probably a local cultural or political reference here but I don’t know what it is!  

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Advertising art from another era - Havana Cuba Day 1

Advertising art from another era – Havana Cuba Day 1

Since my last post from Cuba featured some street art, I’ve decided to show more in this and the next few posts (on Thursdays.)  I’ve arranged them by the day they were taken. These are all from Old Havana.

Beautiful advertising art on stucco walls.

Beautiful advertising art on stucco walls.

Sancho Panza is a brand of cigars in Cuba so this sculpture also serves as a type of advertising. However, Havana is rather taken with Cervantes’ tale of Don Quixote -and there are other statues around the city of characters from the book – so this is advertising is only indirect.

El Sancho de la Habana (1989) by Leo D'lazaro - Havana Cuba Day 1

El Sancho de la Habana (1989) by Leo D’lazaro – Havana Cuba Day 1

A Sculpture of an entirely different style - Havana Cuba Day 1

A sculpture of an entirely different style – Havana Cuba Day 1

There was a whole range of wall painting of which you will see more later.

Not all wall art is this detailed or beautiful.

Not all wall art is this detailed or beautiful.

Simplicity

Simplicity