Port Luis, the capital of Mauritius, has undergone a lot of changes in recent years. Matt from Buenos Aires Street Art revisted the city last month and found a city full of murals.
Port Luis has hosted the annual Porlwi by Light Festival since 2015 to spread awareness about Mauritius’ history, heritage and culture. Urban art has also been incorporated into the cultural program with international artists invited to paint murals to help brighten up the city. French street artist Seth Globepainter created this colourful mural (above) entitled ‘Under the pavement’ that can still be seen off Cathedral Square.
Frau Isa from Vienna, Austria, created this artwork along Royal Road in 2016 for Porlwi. It features portraits of three women and relates to the diversity on the island of Mauritius.
A lot of murals are also located not far from the Central Market. French artist Bault painted these totem-like characters in 2017 for Porlwi by Nature in a parking lot on Remy Ollier Street.
Another parking lot on the same block has been decorated with a mural by French artist Fred Boulon who has painted a stag with its antlers forming a tree for Porlwi.
Andrea Wan from Vancouver painted this beautiful portrait of a woman surrounded by plants and nature in 2017.
One of the best places to get a panoramic view of the city is from Fort Adelaide. This stone fortress was constructed on top of a hill by the British in the 1830s to defend the capital from the French. And it’s a 10 minute walk from where many of these murals were painted for Porlwi by Light Festival.
Caudan Waterfront is a modern development across the road from the Central Market that was built on reclaimed land with a crafts market, arts centre, clothes shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels and a casino. It’s also a good spot to check out murals.
Mauritian artist Armand Gachet painted this mural featuring a boy with paintbrush on one of the walls of Caudan Arts Centre.
French-Mauritian artist Julia Carosin became the first woman to win the Samudra Art Prize in 2022, painting this heart mural called ‘Respire’ at Caudan Arts Centre.
Umbrellas installations have become popular in many capital cities. This one above this pedestrian street at Caudan Waterfront is also used for breakdancing and street performances to entertain visitors. We also came across some cool umbrella art in the Karaköy neighbourhood in Istanbul. Check it out here
For the largest concentration of street art in one place head to China Town. Along Venpin Street, the shutters of the local stores, walls and even the road itself are painted. At the end of the 18th century, many Chinese from Guangzhou came to Mauritius and settled in the area. Chinese restaurants are plentiful as well as shops selling herbal medicines and products from China.
The road surface is adorned with a Chinese dragon.
A number of murals along this quiet street sometimes nicknamed ‘Manga Street’ depict animé characters from cartoons, comics and Asian popular culture.
These anime characters were painted by local artist Urmila Narsiah.
Many of these artworks were created to celebrate the 50th bilateral anniversary between Mauritius and China with support from the New China Town Foundation.
Artists Ems and Jay painted this mural entitled ‘The Seven Wonders of Friendship’ on Dr. Sen Yat Sen Street in China Town.
All photos by © Buenos Aires Street Art
Port Louis isn’t a huge city so you can easily check out a lot of the best street art in a couple of hours. If you have checked out any other cool murals and graffiti in Mauritius, please let us know.