Whenever we visit a city or town, one of our favorite activities is to search for public art – especially street art and murals. Although our travel is currently limited to the region of Murcia, we discovered that there is quite a lot of artwork to see within this diverse region.
🗓: 7 Jun | 🌍: Cartagena, Spain
Our original reason for traveling to Cartagena was to visit the Roman Theatre Museum and National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Unfortunate both museums have been closed during the nation-wide quarantine, so we decided to walk around and enjoy the streets and parks of the city.
Typography is one of my favorite art forms.
Even a bicycle rack can be artistic.
The National Museum of Underwater Archaeology
I like the tile design and bold lettering of this temporary wall.
Hidden among the streets is this interesting stairwell…
…with murals covering the walls.
The shadows create their own designs.
Are airplanes considered art? I sure think so.
A wonderful colored stairwell…
…with bold lines and gradient colors.
We were especially surprised by the various artwork and sculptures contained within the Torres Park. This park also provided exceptional views of the nearby Roman Theater.
This is just one of a collection of brightly colored tile murals.
Just outside Cartagena city center is a wonderful mural dedicated to the fisherman of the region.
Bright colors blended across this long mural.
Laser cut metal was used for the fish.
Details of the colors.
The fisherman tying a knot.
Maria, our AirBnB hostess, took us to the nearby town of Torre-Pacheco. I was surprised by the diversity and activity in the streets on the Friday evening. I was also impressed by the quality of the murals hiding behind corners that caught my camera’s eye.
A perfect mural for a town with a high concentration of African immigrants. The struggles of immigrants, and people of different skin colors, has been on my mind a lot lately. I wonder how different our world would be if we didn’t classify people by their skin color or geographical area?
I’m not sure what the message is…
…but I love the bright greens, reds, and blues
This is part of a larger mural where the girl and this robot seem to be creating a world.
Every world must include kitty cats, dinosaurs, and street art, right?
A youthful mural of a boy getting ready for some summer fun.
This next mural surprised me! After taking the picture of the boy and snorkel I turned around and there it was…
I like the cartoon contradiction highlighting the…
…severity and stupidly of war.
Los Nietos, Spain
This beautiful mural was almost passed by without even a glance. We were traveling west and this mural is on the eastern side of the building. Fortunately, Chantil noticed it in her rear view mirror!
A large mural covering a building a wall.
A colorful whale swims among fish and turtle in a wall of blue.
This is a motorcycle travel blog after all, so I need to have at LEAST ONE picture of a motorcycle…
Apache and the mural.
Some details like these sea horses are created in ceramic.
Los Alcázares, Spain
I found out about this town during some online research. Los Alcázares had been recently involved in an art celebration where various mural artists were invited to paint the town with their unique and beautiful styles.
One of my favorites!
This mural is dedicated to the challenges of living on the water and the recent flooding they experienced in 2019.
I like how the artist used the ledge to create a fun painting.
The region of Murcia has it’s own style and beauty just waiting to be experienced. It’s been enjoyable spending some time in this region and getting to appreciate some of its variety. We both are extremely grateful for a colorful world full of unique artistic styles and cultures that make life so interesting. We can’t wait to experience more…