22 Original Photos of Awesome Street Art in Santiago, Chile
Some cities hate it, other cities embrace it like nothing else. We're talking about vibrant street art, and we'll tell you whatSantiago, Chile definitely falls into the latter category. Santi's walls, security gates, construction plywood and even some doors and windows get colorful treatments from some of the most creative cats with spray cans.
Believe it or not, the graffiti and stencil art isn't powerwashed away. In fact, artistic scenes that border on framed modern art are requested by businesses, to dress up their often uninspired exterior architecture. And while it's not Shepard Fairey or Banksy around every corner, it's actually better because these artists are local, Santiguan, Chilean or least South American. In other words, the street art of Santiago isn't stuff you can just as easily find in New York or Berlin; it's completely all its own both influence- and aesthetic-wise.
Where we went street art stalking: Barrio Brasil, Barrio Bellavista, central Santiago around the Mercado Central, the area around the Bellas Artes metro stop/Santa Lucia Hill, and a smidge near the Tobalaba metro stop. We know, we knowwe're missing so many other great areas for spotting these sidewalk works of art, but there's always next time and more to look forward to.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]