If you love graffiti, you must go to Guadeloupe, especially the city of Pointe-a-Pitre. You may have read my favorite things to do in these French islands; now here’s my guide to the street art in Guadeloupe.
We moved around the islands of Guadeloupe (“Gwada”) on boat and by rental car. The main city of Point-a-Pitre is urban and gritty and full of life, with colorful street art around every corner.
We saw murals on the main roads outside the city but I couldn’t always stop or take pictures from a moving car. I got lots of snaps of the beautiful street art in Guadeloupe, plus sculptures and statues we spotted in the islands.
Famous for Street Art
I didn’t realize it but Guadeloupe is famous for its street art. The World Kreyol Art Festival takes over the streets of Point-a-Pitre every year and street art is a big focus of the event.
Graffiti in Marie-Galante
Our first stop in Gwada was the eastern isle of Marie Galante, where the rum distilleries are only open in the morning. We did see some graffiti in our one day scooter drive around the island.
Graffiti in Point-a-Pitre
As the home of the festival, Point-a-Pitre is abundant with street art, and strolling without a map is a fun way to spend a day in Guadeloupe’s biggest city. Our route took us from the Yacht Club to the Spice Market past the cathedral and then to the Memorial Acté if you prefer a map and want to see these specific artworks.
Statues and Sculptures
The street art in Guadeloupe extends beyond murals to historical statues and modern sculptures.
The statue of “Velo” in Pointe-a-Pitre is a tribute to a local musician who lived in the 20th century. He is depicted playing his traditional ka drum.
The town of Lamentin, northwest of Pointe-a-Pitre, is known for its sculptures. The sculptures were commissioned back in 1994, each by a different artist, and are scattered across the town. We drove around and found a few but we didn’t know about this site which will help guide you.
Street Art In Guadeloupe Outside of Pointe-a-Pitre
Some other towns with street art include Gosier and Deshaies. We visited Gosier by car and Deshaies in our boat.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso. In times like these, art is important to our mental health. Stay healthy and happy.
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