Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A New Face for Camilo Torres

Torres' portrait under construction. 
Camilo Torres, the 'revolutionary priest' who stares across the National University's Plaza del Che at a portrait of the Argentine-Cuban revolutionary, has gotten a new look. A leftist idealist, Torres was the university's chaplain until her ran to the mountains and joined the ELN guerrillas. He was killed in his first battle in 1966 and since has become a leftist icon and martyr.

Soon after Bogotá's National University opened the Biblioteca Central on its central plaza, students painted Torres' portrait on its wall and rebaptized the building the Biblioteca Camilo Torres. Every now and then, school officials paint the wall white, giving muralists an opportunity to renew Torres' portrait.

Every cheerful revolutionary should remember his rifle. Torres' portrait completed. 

Two other pieces of new graffiti, or wall art, at the National University.

'Anarchism and revolution.'
'We are reflections.'
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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