Color and Culture on Isla Mujeres

It’s no secret to my friends that I love bright colors. My wardrobe is mostly teals, greens, oranges and hot pinks. So when we saw pictures from the Sea Walls project on Isla Mujeres, my friends and I just had to go!

Sunday morning, I went with Jorge and my fellow gringa  friends Tori and Laura N. to the nearby island of Isla Mujeres to view the Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans event going on in town. Throughout the downtown area, artists had spent the week painting large and colorful murals inspired by local sea life, and we got there just in time to see them put the finishing touches on their works of art.

Small crowds were gathered near each piece with people snapping cell phone pics of these bright and beautiful murals. And of course I was there with my trusty camera.

This was my personal favorite!

I loved this, too. The orange clouds spoke to me.

 

And for some reason I was obsessed with this jade mask. Quite the fashion statement.

 

RAWR!!!!

 

And here are some of my favorite shots from our little downtown Isla Mujeres mural tour:

If you want to see the murals in person, here’s a handy map of the different locations. They’re very easy to find!

And to view the completed murals, check out the Sea Walls Facebook page!

Cancun Art Right Under My Nose

Anyone who lives in Cancun knows that locals love nothing better than to complain about how little culture the city has to offer. We’re only 40 years old, and the entire state of Quintana Roo used to only be populated by a few scattered Mayan villages. Over 90% of Cancun residents are originally from other parts of Mexico (and the world), so we’re still trying to figure out who we are. Personally, I kind of love being part of something new and exciting where I can be an important element in forming the city’s culture and legacy. (I flatter myself by considering this little blog to be part of the Cancun cultural evolution process.)

At any rate, this past Sunday after church I talked Jorge into going on a field trip. We walked over to the intersection of Calle Labna and Avenida Tulum in downtown Cancun because I had seen from a distance some cool murals and graffiti on the walls surrounding a water tower. Jorge, my camera and I found a whole lot more than we expected!

First were the painted trees. I have no idea who painted them, or when, or why, but they’re pretty cool. Here are just a few…

 

Two of the walls surrounding the water tower were covered in graffiti. Have blank canvas, will tag.

Normally I’m not a fan of vandalism, but I have to admit I kinda love all the color.

 

But the other 2 walls have the best part of all: the Mayan murals. It was pretty spectacular. Dare I say the best day of my camera’s short life thus far.

 

And the most awesome element: the skull helmets. We need to make this the latest fashion trend. Who’s with me?

For more of my pics of the Mayan mural and to find out where it came from, click through to my latest blog post on Cancun360.mx.