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Graffiti boom born in tragedy brightens up Colombia capital

Legalized graffiti boom born from tragedy brightens up Colombia's grey capital
Jacobo Garcia, The Associated Press

BOGOTA - A vibrant stream of giant murals greets people heading in from Bogota's main airport or walking down the cobblestone streets of colonial downtown.

Stencils of pineapple-shaped grenades and AK-47 rifles arranged in a rainfall formation allude to Colombia's violent politics. Monkeys and butterflies spray-painted in bright colours pay homage to the country's natural beauty and provide welcome relief amid the Andean capital's grey skies and monochromatic red brick architecture.

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