Street Art in Guadalupe
By Jan Baross
We’ve had a divine visitation over here in Guadalupe: the sudden appearance of a lovely 15-foot-tall purple Madonna on our street wall. She is the result of Colleen Sorenson’s program to beautify Guadalupe with murals by talented artists, local and international. Our particular mural began when Sorenson was contacted by Graffiti World. With bases in Mexico City and San Miguel, Graffiti World sponsors artists and provides paint, supplies, and accommodations. The murals are done for free.
We were lucky enough to get Addison Karl, 32, an American muralist based in Berlin. His fascinating life takes him around the world painting portraits on buildings, walls, and abandoned ruins. He completed our Madonna in just 10 hours and then flew off to Hong Kong for another commission. “When your background is graffiti,” said Addison, “you learn to work quickly.”
Addison spray paints his murals, which makes it a faster and cleaner process and allows for larger works in a shorter amount of time. His amazing body of work in Russia, Malaysia, and perhaps the one he is doing now in Hong Kong, can be viewed on his website Idrawalot.com.
The purple Madonna can be seen on our blue wall at Privada Miguel Prado 5b.