A housewife throwing out the garbage; muted music drifting from an open window; a dog barking in a yard.
Only, the houses on Calle Lanin in Buenos Aires are anything but ordinary. All of their façades are done in colorful mosaics, each in its own unique design. It’s like walking through the studio of an artist, taking in his canvases one house at a time.
The actual studio of the artist responsible for this colorful street magic, Marino Santa Maria, is on Lanin 33.
Marino and his team of painters and bricklayers have renovated the facades of more than 30 houses stretching three blocks along Lanin Street.
They work with azulejos (small fragments of ceramic tiles) and mosaic venetiano (Venetian mosaic) to form colorful elaborate patterns.
Local businesses have financed the project while residents have helped with choosing the colors for the decoration of their houses.
It was one of my favorite places in Buenos Aires. Best of all, there were no tourists (other tourists, that is).