Just when it seemed Costa Rica couldn’t get more colorful, an incognito cadre of artists with brushes and cans in hands has descended upon the country, installing works of art that bring culture into to the landscape and invite a closer look. From Limon to Manzanillo, Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is rather copiously lavished with art in public places; the stretch is second only to San Jose, where street art has seen a major boom in the past decade. In Limon, murals make bold statements out of drab city street corners.
At the bus station in Cahuita, a mural by Caribbean artist Ureña greets visitors. His work can be seen in many locations along the Caribbean coast, his signature tropical scenes depict a timeless, simple style, reflecting the region’s laid-back, tranquil version of la pura vida.
In Puerto Viejo, a shipping container is given new life with fresh paint and a dual purpose: luggage storage and beach showers.
In Puerto Viejo proper, this surreal finger on the verge of touching a jelly fish strikes a visceral cord and brings life to the side of a liquor store. A couple of “blocks” away, a shell of a cement building in the middle of an empty lot proves irresistible to a bevy of blossoming artists.
On a cement bank below the bridge over the Cocles River just south of Puerto Viejo, someone has added a curvaceous painted word in red and blue.
A newly installed communications tower surrounded by a barbed wire wall near the Manzanillo Gandoca Wildlife Refuge has been creatively doctored by THC and Mush, established graffiti artists from the capital city of San Jose who’ve been busy adding their touches around Puerto Viejo.