After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Filete Porteño

What a great idea to cover the Obelisco with the quintessential Buenos Aires designs! (Or is it?) I do really like his name of Totem Porteno. It's so accurate and uh, masculine.

This artist Jorge Muscia won a grant in 1995 for his proposal above.
From the Portal de Tango website:

Etymologically the word “filete” comes from the Latin “filum” (thread) and it means "fine line serving as ornament". Its equivalent in English is fillet; in French, filet and in Italian, filetto.

In Buenos Aires, the terms “Filete” and “Fileteado Porteño” are used interchangeably to refer to the popular pictorial art that emerged in this city between the late 19th century and early 20th century. “Fileteadores”, on the other hand, were the artists that developed this unique visual art.

The Filete Porteño has its origin in the decorative art of greengrocers, milkmen and bakers’ carts, which later expanded to other animal-drawn vehicles and finally, trucks and buses. More recently, this technique has been used in architecture to embellish restaurants, bars, house interiors, furniture and objects.

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