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.