I thought I had reached my limit on how much I love street art.
That was until this Saturday when Carlos and I went to Museo A Cielo Abierto in San Miguel, Santiago. A place that very few people know about and a true hidden gem! Because, we got to see the most incredible pieces of art, like these…So let me tell you about this incredible initiative. The outside of these housing blocks had become neglected and were in desperate need of being painted because they had been tagged with so much grafitti (and not the good kind!) and layers upon layers of pasted adverts.
So, the neighbourhood got together and decided to do something about it. Centro Cultural Mixart embraced this movement and for over four years they worked at transforming the area into a free public art gallery with no restrictions on access, that can be enjoyed by the community and visitors alike.
The murals are all painted on the end of the housing blocks on three roads, meaning there are rows of them to be seen at the end of every street. It’s a great way to bring art, colour and vibrance to an area. These photos give you an idea of the scale of the art
It was also interesting to see the themes of the murals as many of them had a political or religious message to them. Showing that art really is a form of expression. There were also lots that featured parts of Chilean cultures such as myths and legends or different parts of the country.
One thing that makes these pieces of art even more special is that each and everyone of them is huge, and I mean huge (about 8m high) and so detailed. It’s crazy to think about how long the design, sketch and painting process must have taken for each one. I saw some of the most talented street art that I’ve ever seen and without a doubt, some of the most detailed.
Hi there! And of course, it’s always nice to see my name around 😉 Which is something I still haven’t got used to as Marcela (with just the one l) is a very popular name here. Marcela Paz is a Chilean author.What a seriously amazing place and such a hidden gem in Santiago, with a great story behind it too!
Which one is your favourite piece? If it’s possible to even choose one!!
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