If you live in a city it is difficult to see change as it seems so gradual, but for me the two years that has passed in Cuenca has made a considerable difference. One of the most notable aspects is the graffiti. Cuenca is a beautiful colonial town and so I was saddened to see so much random tagging on the old buildings. As much as I love street art, it has it’s place and I feel very conflicted about tagging.
But one of the most curious aspects of this were the stencils found around the city. I’m not sure if it is a movement by a group but stencils have become the new fashionable graffiti in the city.
Some of them seem to be for fun without any real message. But others seemed to be more thoughtful.
The ones I liked the most, and wanted to see more of seemed to be from an artist that used a rooster symbol to sign the stencils. I asked around but no one seemed to know him.
I’m still conflicted I do love a good stencil but I don’t want to see it on historic buildings.