George W. Bush celebrates his birthday today. He was born on 6th July 1946. The amount of graffiti present on the walls of Buenos Aires depicting the 43rd U.S. president of the United States is incredible. Of course none of the images are complimentary! Here are a few…

It can be a risky business putting the face of a politician on an advertising billboard. With less than four months to go until the presidential elections in Argentina and less than two weeks until the Federal Capital of Buenos Aires choses its mayor, hundreds of campaign posters with the names and faces of the different political candidates have been defaced all over the city.

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A new political mural of Néstor Kirchner has been unveiled in the barrio of Barracas to mark the six month anniversary of his death.

political graffiti Nestor Kirchner mural Buenos Aires street art © buenosairesstreetart.comNew Néstor Kirchner political mural in Barracas

The mural measuring 15 x 4 metres has been painted on a wall under a railway bridge with the slogan “Imposible Apagar Tanto Fuego” (“It’s impossible to turn off so much heat”). It was made in association with the political parties Movimiento Evita Communa 4 and JP Evita, the workshop of the Centro Cultural el Conventillo and the help of local residents in Barracas.

Nestor Kirchner political mural graffiti buenos aires street art © buenosairesstreetart.comUnder the Bridge

The inauguration of the mural was attended by respresentatives from a large number of Kirchnerist groups who are also responsible for painting numerous stencils of Néstor and president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner around Buenos Aires over recent months.

Square in San Telmo

Following Néstor’s death on 27 October 2010 due to heart failure, schools, hospitals, parks, squares, roads and motorways around the country have all been renamed in his honour. Even football, the most hallowed of Argentine institutions, bears his name with this season’s First Division championship officially called the ‘Torneo Clausura 2011 Néstor Kirchner’.