Totem tanks by El Pelado

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Four rusty water tanks in a derelict plot of land in Palermo painted by Alfredo Segatori. Alfredo, more affectionately known as Pelado, told BA Street Art he has called them ‘Totem tanks’ similar to the totem poles used by the Red Indians.

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“They are like the totems the Indians used for worship. The tanks were once used by a winery at Godoy Cruz and Charcas. One is happy, another is sad, one is angry and the other has an open mind,” Pelado explained.

The site was inhabited by swatters and drug addicts until recently when the occupants were evicted and the nearby buildings were demolished to make way for a new development. El Pelado added: “The place was pretty much abandoned and the idea was to brighten it up with a little bit of colour.”

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