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Between Museums, San Jose Bursts with Statues and Street Art

Things to Do, Whats New — By Sophia LaMonica on March 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Ancient art aficionados and post modern enthusiasts will have a field day in the capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica. The  Jade Museum and the Museo del Oro Pre-Colombino house immense and impressive collections of gold, jewelry, artifacts, and pottery and the Museo de Arte Costarricense (MAC) is a small yet mighty display of national artistry. As you museum hop across the city, you’ll undoubtedly stop in your tracks where you’d least expect it, since some of the most eye-catching art in the city may be stumbled upon by chance.

Graffiti artist KECH of the SDA Kings crew claimed this wall, creating a multi-dimensional effect on corrugated metal.

Bold murals like these adorn long stretches of walls in the slowly gentrifying neighborhood near the Caribbean bus station.

Costa Rican artist Piloy makes his mark on many walls, buildings, and spaces around the city. His signature style is slightly cartoonish, highly recognizable and usually makes a powerful  statement.

This vertical piece may be found under a bridge in a pedestrian tunnel near the Central Park.

A larger-than-life bronze cello player glistens in the evening light.

Amidst the modernity of the city, this mural pays homage to the country’s good old days when cowboys and oxcarts were the only traffic on the road.

Three tin musicians playing an imaginary tune greet visitors to Central Park, a bustling square near a busy shopping district.

Photos: slamonica

Tags: Art, Costa Rica, Jade Museum, Museo de Arte Costariccense, Museo del Oro Pre-Colombino, piloy, San Jose, street art costa rica
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