Culture and people are the main creators of Medellín’s transformation. The Integrated Transportation System (SITVA in Spanish), the city’s nature integrated within its borders and the different urban initiatives and cultural expressions lead Medellín’s constant evolution and development. You are invited to visit the places that move Medellín.
The Ayacucho Tram Urban Art Gallery
The Ayacucho Tram, in addition to moving close to 90,000 people every day, is fortunate to showcase an Urban Art Gallery which fits in with the pleasant spring climate of Medellín. The murals painted by dozens of artists aim to help locals and visitors approach art beyond galleries and museums.
Walls, electric cabinets along the vicinity of some of The Ayacucho Tram stops and stations were renovated to pay homage to traditional jobs, the neighborhood, nature and to the culture and tradition of the regions. This was done through the different works of art.
Urban art began with the participation of youth, who found a way to express themselves through street art and were thus granted a collective identity. Today, the city does not only validate but also supports the different expressions of urban art, hence the 3,000 square meters renovated along the 4.3 kilometers route of the Ayacucho Tram.
“It is no secret that Medellín has had violent times in the past, and at the end of this, murals and all these art forms grow as a response for opening spaces to ease debating, bringing poetry to conflict and filling these spaces that violence left behind, and begin to change society.” @jomag.art
Not only Graffiti!
The Ayacucho Tram Urban Art Gallery displays diverse works of art in which different techniques were used, such as traditional murals, graffiti and paint. In order to appreciate them, you may make the trip using mass transport, or why not walk, no fee payment necessary. Pedestrians also enjoy the views.
Not only is the new artwork on the murals part of this project, but also the paintings on the facades of homes that make up part of the tour, which look clean and colorful today.
Casa de la Memoria Museum
During the last few years, Narcotours have become trendy, providing visitors with false stories about the city. These stories are filled with fiction that makes reality disappear and that in no way reflect what citizens truly lived.
The Casa de la Memoria Museum is a place dedicated to the recognition of victims of armed conflicts that were the city scene during the past 50 years and vindicates the memory of more than 46,000 victims during the time of violence Medellín. The Casa de la Memoria Museum (House of Memory) retrospectively displays events that significantly marked the city, the essence of its inhabitants, the multiple memories that make up the city’s history, its reparation process and its social reconstruction.
The Museum is a reflection of the capacity of the people of Medellín to overcome the most adverse situations and move on. Upon traveling through the exhibit rooms, through photographs, texts, recorded voices and artistic spaces, we see the pain experienced by thousands of citizens, so that there will be no forgetting and to ensure it is never repeated. The Casa de la Memoria Museum has become a tool for symbolic reparation and a national reference that generates important reflection regarding the past and is a constant contribution to peace building.
The hill in the Moravia neighborhood in the northern area of the city collects part of Medellín’s history. The city’s garbage had been dumped in the Morro sector between 1977 and 1984. This terrain was later informally occupied by displaced families originating from other sectors of Moravia, the city and the rest of the country.
The characteristics of this area were environmentally and humanly impossible, due to poverty, unstable floors, industrial waste and constant emission of toxic gasses.
Even though this area was turned into an open-air waste dump during the seventies, today it is the largest garden in the city, where art and culture bloom. Currently made up of 30 thousand square meters of gardens and parcels, the Moravia Hill garden is the largest in Medellín and an example of social resistance in a city that went from being the most violent in the world to becoming a reference for urban resilience, development and transformation.
To learn more and continue discovering Medellín, visit Medellín.travel: the official city travel guide.
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