Street Art of Santiago: Photo Essay

Street Art of Santiago: Photo Essay

Having always been a fan of art in urban areas, I was excited to see what the street art of Santiago had to offer. When done well, street art can add character to a building, when done poorly it looks cheap and unappealing. However, most of the street art of Santiago was beautifully done, and I found myself drawn to it time and time again.



I’d walk down a street and have to snap a shot of each one I saw, knowing I didn’t need each photo, but I wanted to have some solid memory of it. Maybe years from now, when I’d visit Santiago once more, the street art I loved would still be there, maybe it would have changed. Only time will tell.



Still, the street art of Santiago is a living and breathing part of the city; the murals that decorate the buildings bring the city to life in so many ways. I can’t imagine Santiago without the brightly colored murals.



Occasionally, an artist will be commissioned to paint a building or a wall, other times it’s put up without that permission, but if it’s good and everyone likes it, it always stays. If it’s too religious or political, or done poorly, it gets taken down.



In my eyes, Santiago’s street art gives the city a characteristic that makes it stands out among the crowd, and it made me fall more and more in love with Santiago, which wasn’t hard to do in the first place.

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Comments (16)

  1. Erika

    Oh I just love street art! Did you get down to Kensington in Toronto? They had some good examples there. Thanks for sharing.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I do too! Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to Kensington. 🙁 Everyone told me too, but I was too busy eating poutine. 🙂 Must get back soon!

  2. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Seems to me you found some of the best murals in Santiago!!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I did, I did!! Completely obsessed, Raul. Completely.

  3. Aggy

    Love the streetarts! I especially love the one of the girl with green headphone. Nice Erin! 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      That’s my favorite one, Aggy! That one and the girl with brown hair who has a rainbow behind her. 🙂

  4. Lance | Trips By Lance

    Very cool. I think more cities are beginning to realize what art found outside of museums can do for that community’s vibe.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I agree, Lance. It just does something really special to the neighborhoods.

  5. Anita Mac

    After learning more about the culture behind the art…have become an even bigger fan of street art. Great shots Erin. Looks like your time in Santiago has been pretty spectacular!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Anita, it truly was an incredible place.

  6. Paul Farrugia (globalhelpswap)

    Great post Erin! One of the great things about living in London is the amazing street art that pops up all over the place.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks so much! Oh, yes, London really does have some great street art.

  7. Katherine E Bland

    have become an even bigger fan of street art. Great shots Erin. Looks like your time in Santiago has been pretty spectacular!

  8. World Travel Fiend

    Definitely one of my enduring memories of this city was the street art. When I was there I distinctly remember pondering whether someone had slipped acid into the water supply or something at some point though – some of it is seriously trippy.

  9. Lizzie @ Wanderarti

    Lovely, diverse range of street art! Must get myself to Santiago to check out some of these for myself 🙂

  10. Keane

    I love this post! I take streetart photos too, but this city seems to have the best! You should come to SF and check out Clarion Alley with me 🙂


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