Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Santiago street art

Greetings! After spending a few days in San Pedro de Atacama, I flew back to Santiago, to explore the capital of Chile.

I was staying in Barrio Bellavista, a bohemian neighbourhood in Santiago, known for street art, cafe-bars, and live music venues. So I spent one morning walking around the barrio, looked at the building architecture, and took pictures of the street art. I'm sharing a small sample here today.

The first two murals are outside Bellas Artes metro station by world-famous Chilean artist INTI. If you go to his web site, there is a video clip documenting the process when these two murals were painted in 2013.



The next five mosaic murals are on Dardignac street in Barrio Bellavista by Chilean artist Paula Guerra. The man in the first mosaic is Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, diplomat, and politician Pablo Neruda.






The following seven murals are by unknown artists:








I think you'd agree with me that the art work makes the walls come alive.

In my next post, I'll share what I experienced on my walking tours in Santiago.

24 comments:

  1. I adore street art - it has a way of bringing life and soul to a city - and this is particularly good. Looking forward to reading about your walking tour. #teamlovinlife

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    1. I saw a lot of good street art in Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile. Thanks, Jo, for stopping by. Soon you'll be off to la belle France.

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  2. Wow - amazing street art. I was impressed by the first two but then I saw the mosaic murals and I absolutely love those! #TeamLovinLife

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    1. The mosaic murals were amazing to see IRL, Min. I really like the details and shades of colours in the elephant mosaic mural. Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. Adore street art too. In fact this Easter we are going to cycle into our nearest town and stop off and photograph the street art. More and more is cropping up and it's so inspiring. Santiago's street art is very different, and I'd say a lot more colourful than ours here ... such a different culture.

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    1. Your cycling outing sounds like a lot of fun, Jo. I look forward to seeing some of your pictures including the street art.

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  4. Wow! Those murals are stunning!! I look forward to reading about your walking tours in Santiago.

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    1. Some of the street art was quite amazing work, Donna. I thought about the artists who spent hours to complete the art. Thank you for dropping by.

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  5. What striking and beautiful murals. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Thank you, SSG, for your kind words. I really appreciate it!

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  6. Very cool street art! The mosaic ones are incredible. #TeamLovinLife

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    1. I like the mosaic murals a lot, too. Thank you, Kathy, for dropping by.

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  7. The second I see that any post is about art, I'm hooked, Natalie. I love when private creativity is used to create public beauty. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Your words "private creativity is used to create public beauty" are perfect, Karen. I'll post some more pictures of street art in Valparaiso.

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  8. Fanatastic artwork Natalie. We are starting to see some around Brisbane, but nothing compared to your photographs. I think street art really adds to the vibe of a city so thanks for sharing your photos. Have a great week! xx

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    1. Thank you, Sue, for your kind words. The street art that I saw in Chile was definitely more well established and abundant than the ones I've seen in other cities. You have a great week, too!

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  9. Oh wow, it's all so gorgeous! Melbourne here in Australia has some great street art throughout its inner city laneways. I've not spent much time there but must at some point. #teamlovinlife

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    1. Local discovery walks are fun. I look forward to seeing Melbourne street art from your camera lens! Thanks, Deborah, for dropping by.

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  10. These murals are amazing, Nathalie. So colorful! Definitely brightens up the street scene, and definitely an art form. Thanks for sharing and bringing color into my weekend. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Liesbet, for dropping by. I'm glad to share and bring colours into your weekend!

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  11. I love street art, this looks so cool. My fave would have to be in Miami.

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    1. Miami is a fun city with great art deco and street art, plus the beach! Thanks, Leanne, for dropping by.

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  12. Your examples of the Santiago street art are masterpieces. The detail on the bird, dog and cat are incredible. I wonder if these pieces were airbrushed? Just amazing. And I can appreciate the work that goes into making those murals. I have a table top mosaic that I have been working on for several years. Only get it out now and then because my kitties love to tap dance across it. But it is time-consuming work!

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    1. I was amazed at those murals, too, Leslie. I spent a bit of time looking at them up close and at a distance. Every one of them looks like a labour of love. Thank you for stopping by.

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