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I live in the smallest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It’s so small that when I tell some locals where I live they just look at me confused. Coghlan? Donde? It’s a beautiful little gem, with cobblestones and large trees shading the residential roads. It’s also full of murals. If you’re willing to go a bit off the beaten track you’ll be rewarded with some of my favorite street art in Buenos Aires.
Street Art in Buenos Aires – Coghlan
The photos below are posted in an order that allows for a beautiful walk through Coghlan. Follow the map at the bottom of this post to hunt some beautiful examples of street art in Buenos Aires.
Australian artist Magee was hired to paint this mural on a four-story apartment building. It’s one of four murals she painted on a two-week visit to the city in 2014. It’s called “La Deplazada”, or “The Displaced One”. The painting depicts a woman wading through flood waters, inspired by the flood that destroyed the artist’s home city of Brisbane in 2011.
These two murals (above and below) were painted by Primo Murales. Primo is a team of two cousins who have filled Saavedra and Coghlan with their artwork. You can find more information about them here.
The above mural was painted by El Marian. The title is “Siempre verdadero”, or “Always True” and is an homage to the relationship between man and dog.
El Pirovano Pinta Bien
The walls of the neighborhood’s public hospital, Hospital Pirovano, are covered with some of the best street art in Buenos Aires. This project is a culmination of the teamwork between eMePeCe (local artists whose art is ubiquitous in Coghlan and throughout the city), the neighborhood association of Coghlan, and the hospital board. It’s meant to involve the neighborhood and remind them that the public hospital belongs to everyone. The aim is to decorate the walls of the hospital with quality pieces that add value to the historic architecture.
The hospital entrance is located on Avenida Monroe and art is found on the three periphery walls along Melian, Rivera, and Roque Perez streets. There are a number of murals and I’m posting just a few of my favorites here. They may be different when you visit, but if replaced they will be replaced with another beautiful work of art.
The Largest Mural in Villa Urquiza
Another technicality, this mural is technically in Villa Urquiza. But if you view it from across the street, you’re in Coghlan. So it counts!
This enormous mural is a feast for the eyes. Painted by local artist Martín Ron, it’s both hyperrealistic and fantastical. From the naked boy listening to a parrot through a phonograph, wearing a bike helmet, to a head of a man listening to headphones with a plane that seems to take off from his hair (the model for this figure is the artist’s friend). There’s a bee whose stinger is playing a CD. There’s SO much to take in. This mural alone makes the trek to Coghlan (or ok, Villa Urquiza) worth it.
These murals were largely done not only with permission of the owner but contracted and paid for by the owners themselves. Buenos Aires is a very vibrant and creative city. People value art here and that attitude has created a fantastic culture for street art and murals. Just follow the map below to follow my trail!