Discover the Wonderful Murals of San Gregorio [Part 2]
This is our second gallery showing the public art in San Gregorio de Polanco. There are so many distinctly different murals that it was impossible to squeeze them all into one post.
We came to town for the murals but were also rewarded with a beautiful camping spot, right by the lake shore. You might have seen Yasha’s post about how our style of overland travel quite frequently affords us desirable ‘waterfront living’ . Well, just after we published it, we found another spot worthy of inclusion. The sandy beach, shown in our last post about San Gregorio , was right at our doorstep!
We visited during ‘Semana Santa’, the Easter holiday week, or ‘Semana de Turismo’ as they call it in Uruguay. Later we heard that the coast was packed with tourists during this second most important vacation period. Although there were a good number visitors in San Gregorio, it never felt really busy during this time.
But back to the street art, which is what this post is about. Most murals in this second gallery can be found in the lower part of town, around the central square and nearby roads. If you go to San Gregorio you should explore all the side streets – you never know what you might discover.
Throughout town we were amazed by a number of wall art pieces which, in one form or another, played with three-dimensional perspective.
It starts at the water tower, where clear shadows are painted for the ribbon and the water pipe. A bit further down, a corner house has its plain walls distorted by Escher-like stairs, columns, and other elements. Painted onto the hotel façade is a paint drum, which leaks onto the foot path. In the side street to the left of the hotel, you will find the stylised bow of a ship on the corner of a house. Part of it is shaped in plaster, and pulled out into the footpath. (All aforementioned murals are in our first gallery. )
When we came to the town square we found an older corner building on which all of the mural motifs were moulded in plaster before being coloured in. This is a style we had previously seen in Pan de Azúcar with the tango corner .
One of the longest murals in town covers the corner building on the other side of the square. It wraps around the entire corner, a shop and the local pub both covered in scenes related to Uruguay’s history and landscapes.
Despite this now being two posts we still haven’t included every piece of public art we photographed. Now you can come and discover the others for yourself…
Additional Information about San Gregorio’s murals [all links in Spanish]
- The Wikipedia article lists the names of many well-known artists who created works in San Gregorio
- 20 years of “Museo Abierto de Artes Visuales Iberoamericano de San Gregorio de Polanco”
- A 12-minute video about the murals in San Gregorio , from the Uruguayan Tourism Site
Can you decide? Which of the murals is your favourite?
Tell us in the ‘comments’ below!