Urban Canvases – 15 Street Art Snaps from Santiago, Chile

I’m always attracted to street art, be it elaborate block-wide gallery quality murals or the polemical scribblings by spray can-armed voices of desperate illumination. Can you honestly say you weren’t mesmerized, at least a little bit, by the dreamy cubist variation of the mural above?

In my recent wanderings, among the more attractive public canvases I came across, like the one at top, were found in Santiago, Chile’ sprawling capital of six million, making the images I collected there the perfect inauguration for Piran Café’s new weekly Urban Canvases series.

Each Sunday we’ll focus our attention on a different city and highlight street art and graffiti images, those both commissioned and illicit, that I’ve collected over the past several years. I’ll do my best to track down more info and related links and invite others to contribute as well.

The majority of these were taken in the Bohemian Bellavista neighborhood, not far from La Chascona, the Pablo Neruda home and museum; others were from the area near the Bellas Artes metro stop.

I hasten to add that there is plenty of pointless scrawling and acts of spray paint vandalism nearly every place you go in Santiago. You just won’t find it here. Enjoy!

More Santiago street art posts elsewhere:
Street Art Utopia
Santiago Street Art
SantiagoStreetArt (Facebook page)
The Three Best Neighborhoods in Santiago for Scoping Out Street Art (Jaunted)
– More photos via Charlando
– A few more pics via Santiago Streets

If you’ve got additional Santiago street art-related links you’d like to share, or links to photos of your own, do tell in the comments below and I’ll be happy to add them to the main post.


This post was added to the Sunday Traveler blog linkup which made its debut last month. Visit one of the co-hosts, Frank About Croatia, throughout the week to check out other travel-related blog posts or to add your own.


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