rosario, argentina

The streets of Rosario are littered with bicycles painted everywhere.

Since 2001, artist Fernando Traverso has painted these bicycles around the city streets, in abandoned factories & on forgotten walls. The stencils represent the more than 350 people who disappeared here during the military dictatorship between 1976-1983.

The bicycles appear as if someone would have left them lying against a wall, hoping that their owners would return for them.

Some Argentines associate it with the bicycle used by Pocho Lepratti, an activist murdered by police brutality in the uprising in December, 2001.

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