The street art of Tulum, Mexico
Tulum is well known for its beautiful emerald coastline, cenotes, and artsy laid back vibe.
All along the main street you can find local artist shops, jewellery stores, colourful Mexican folk art, and stylish clothing boutiques owned by expats working with locals, fusing modern design with traditional fabrics.
Even the buildings are bright and colourful. Hostels are draped in oversized art, as are several buildings in the neighbourhood.
In 2014, a group of government, locals, expats, and ngo’s, came together to bring local Mexican, and international artists together to paint mural’s in the community’s grey spaces.
Walls have become places for thousands of people to express themselves around the world.
The streets are canvases in which people make creativity come to life, and thought provoking images appear.
Street art is a way to reach out to more people, as the art world can be quite inclusive, and inaccessible to some.
It is a way to communicate to a larger audience with no restriction.
Several street artists travel from country to country to add their art to walls around the world, and many street artists (Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Kidult) are social activists mixing a message with an aesthetic to get a powerful meaning across.
There will never be a shortage of people wanting to communicate with the masses while doing it creatively.
And it is no different in Tulum.
Although artists came together to add colour to the drab, there is always meaning in the work.
It can be a great tool to bring community’s together, and can be a powerful healer.
If you wander long enough in Tulum, you won’t miss the vibrant walls, but if you would like a more in depth look at the work, The boutique hotel Zamas, offers weekly bike tours of Tulum’s colourful street art, and ends with margaritas at the restaurants beach front.