While I was wasting time at work this afternoon, I began to sift through the vaults of unpublished posts on my blog. Seriously, who does this? Anyways, I came across this draft I meant to post a year ago when I was living in southern Spain. There has been a mystery brewing in Córdoba, and it’s taken over the old quarter, where I luckily called home for 10 months. Why live in modern, comfortable temperature-controlled apartments when you could live on a quaint narrow street 5 minutes from the Mezquita in apartment straight out of the 1890’s?
Córdoba has no shortage of beautiful white-washed crumbly old buildings, many of them abandoned due to the crippling economic crisis in Spain. 2 years ago someone decided to do something about it, and jazz up these decaying historical walls by posting philosophical quotes and typical Andalusian sayings in black square letters. The more decrepit, stained, and hidden the wall, the better! It’s like a poetic Banksy!
As I began to explore my neighborhood, I started to notice these sayings everywhere, usually in tucked away corners and up back alleys. Ok, I was intrigued. I began to take different walks around town and change up my routes, hoping to stumble onto some new ones. By the spring, I had managed to find around 50. Sometimes they would disappear as building owners would cover them up, but usually another one would pop up later. It is peculiar because no one knows who is behind it. The mysterious artist is nicknamed the Street Pirate of Córdoba (callejero pirata de Córdoba). You can like his or her fan page on Facebook here. People (like me) are so into this phenomenon that they hunt out knew quotes and have compiled this map on Google, so if you are ever in Córdoba, you can check out some of the sayings for yourself.
Have you ever seen mysterious street art become famous like this? Does your city have anything similar?
Here are some of my favorites. Excuse my translations. I did my best. If you have any better ideas, let me know! Enjoy.