Sunday, May 26, 2019

Street Art in Papeete, Tahiti

Our bus tour of Papeete, Tahiti -- the principal city of French Polynesia -- went past a great deal of street art. 
The mural in this photo was created by French artist SETH for the ONO'U street art festival in 2015. This mural has been featured on a Tahitian postage stamp, and is much loved by the islanders such as our tour guide.

Among the many traditional island symbols in the design, you can see a little international radiation symbol on the sleeping girl's back, and just above her knees you can see a mushroom cloud. As I've written, the French conducted nuclear tests there from 1966 to 1996, which polluted the islands with radioactive fallout.

We saw all sorts of street art, from carefully painted murals and advertisements to crude spray-painted graffiti.
All this art seems to have become a part of the culture of this remote island, which I find fascinating.

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Tina said...

That’s a talent, the street art is fabulous.

Thanks for your tip about parchment paper for getting pizza on the grill. We have a Raichlan grill book, not sure which one but I’ll look.

Cathy said...

What a coincidence!
My post this week is also about murals in Papeete.

Bertiebo said...

I can imagine why there's a stamp made. Beautiful

Iris Flavia said...

Very beautiful!

Debbie at Travel with Intent said...

The first two murals are stunning. I can see why the people love the first one so much - a beauty with subtle messages

biebkriebels said...

You found some pretty murals there.

Sami said...

Beautiful murals Mae, specially the first and second mural.
I like the symbols incorporated in that first mural. Thanks for participating Mae :)

s.c said...

A lot of great murals. You don't expect that. Wonder what Paul Gauguin would have said.

Iris Flavia said...

I added a picture of Zunge in his "environment" in our home :-)

Jeanie said...

Those are both impressive and powerful murals.

northierthanthou said...

Really digging that first piece.