Throughout San Telmo, numerous political and artistic works appear dotted between the colonial buildings. Stop for something to eat at one of the many traditional taverns or one of the area's newer beer houses (for neighbourhood classics, you could try La Poesía, El Viejo Almacén or Bar Sur), then check out these pieces:
Measuring 26x9m, this homage to tango was created in 1993 as part of a project carried out by the local authorities. It was restored in 2014. (Av. Independencia y Av. Paseo Colón).
Caballo en bicicleta (horse on a bike)
Spanish artist Ayrz started working on the streets of Barcelona with aerosol as a kid. Nowadays, he paints with brushes too, and he has a distinctive colourful style, often expressed on a grand scale (junction of Av. Independencia and Chacabuco).
There's a great tenderness in the eyes of this giant-sized child. This piece is the work of Cuban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, who grew up in New York. It forms part of a series of anonymous, hyperreal portraits, which the artist began in Barcelona in 2002. (Junction of Venezuela and Tacuarí).
Old publicity for Polaris ice creams
This huge vintage mural measuring 4x8m was recently restored - a law has been passed to recognise it as art rather than publicity, in fact the ice cream parlour advertised no longer exists. (Junction of Perú and Belgrano).
Museo de la Ciudad (Museum of the City) bar
Pop into the bar at the Museo de la Ciudad to (Calle Defensa 223) to check out the permanent exhibition on "fileteado", a quintessentially Porteño style of urban art, which was invented by workers at the city's old cart manufacturers, when they spontaneously began decorating some of the carts they produced. Nearby, you'll find the city's oldest pharmacy, La Estrella, which preserves several period paintings (Calle Defensa 201).
The Hunger Games
This mural by El Marian was inspired by Suzanne Collins' bestselling series of novels. It attracts tourists from all over the world. (Junction of Venezuela and Piedras).
Approaching Plaza Dorrego, stop at the corner of Balcarce and Av. San Juan. There you'll find a very serious face: the singer Atahualpa Yupanqui. Opposite, in the patio of the Guillermo Rawson school, there's a huge mural by Colombian artists Seta Fuentes and Deen.
To continue the itinerary
Head to the junction of Paseo Colón and San Juan, where you can take the number 33 bus. After about ten minutes, get off at the junction of Paseo Colón and Alsina, where we'll continue the tour.
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