CHILE #6 – The city of street art

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Valparaiso is one of the most colorful cities I have seen. Street art seems to be everywhere. On every house and in every street. The city has a well preserved historic quarter. The city was populated by people from all over the world, which is reflected in the different architectural styles. It is also a city with an amazing amount of street art. Not only done on walls, but on doors, stairs and benches. I did a half day guided walking tour up and downhill in the areas of Allegra and Consepcion. In just a few hours we learned a lot about this historic city and story of street art.



The city of Valparaiso is located on Chiles Pacific coast. The city is situated on hills and has several «elevators» or funiculars were built between 1883 and 1916 and are still operating. There are so many examples of architecture from this era. The two «hills», Alegre and Consepcion were mainly developed by English and German immigrants. Going through the Paso Jogoslava ( Jugoslavian passage) gives a good impression of the the masions and architecture from the 19th century. Squares, viewing points, promenades, alleyways and stairway and the funicuars to bring people up and down. You can easily see which area you are in by looking at the buildings.



The historic quarter is a result of the role Valparaiso played as a port. In the 19th century it was a major port, connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific. The city became a stop over for boats taking gold and other goods to Spain. At that time ships came around Cape Horn. The city experienced economic decline in the 20th century. In addition the earthquake in 1906 destroyed most of the buildings. When the Panama canal opened it also had an effect. According to the guide, Valporaiso had Chile's first public library. Now the historic quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage site.




Graffiti and street art are both part of the identity of the city. It is a way of communicating something. It is ranging from simple tagging to large murals. The graffiti scene started as a silent protest against the regime of Augusto Pinochet in the 70s. During his rule artistic expression was repressed. But when the dictatorship ended, the government decided to make it legal. I wonder if they knew the effect of there decision!




Street art is used to express both political and social opinions. Our guide did explain the meaning behind some of the murals. Like the one above is about the educational system. Education is not free, which does not benefit poor families. The monkey represents the state (according to our guide)




I you want to know something about the artists, the meaning behind a mural, the city and the architecture, I recommend a walking tour with a guide. The benefits of a guided tour is the information that gives a deeper understanding. Street art is not hard to find, It is everywhere. Just walk out in the streets and you won't miss it! In fact, you will find it more difficult to find some spots without paintings! A creative city with an amazing art scene.




For more street art from Valparaiso:
STREET ART #23 - The colorful city of Valparaiso, Chile

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What a lovely place that is! Excellent artwork scattered throughout the entire city, that's so cool!

Thanks for your amazing article and photos, @digi-me!

Thank you :) It was a fantastic experience! Some of the best i have ever seen!

I love it! Nice to see that the place haven't changed at all :) Chile is such a great country! Thanks for sharing it :)

Agree! Chile is really an amazing country. I feel I have only seen a small part..Have to go back :)


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Those graffiti are so beautiful, colourful and meaningful! This is the most unique form of protest ever I guess! and you've captured it so well (y)

Thank you :)

Beautiful city! It looks so clean and empty.. I thought that Latin America was a bit different :)

These murals are so cool! I like when there is meaning behind - be it social, political or that related to education. There are murals and murals.. some of them are simply not nice but it looks like in this city most of them are cool..

I agree with you in terms of going on a tour with a guide. I did it in Lisbon and it was such a great experience. You learn a lot about the street art and many things that are said there can't really be googled anywhere plus it's good to listen to somebody to put things into perspective.

Great post! Thank you for sharing!

It is awsome! Never seen anything like it Do not know if a city like this exists somewhere else. I can really recommend it. I am sure I took more than a hundred photoes. A city to get lost in and make som disoveries.

Looks lovely, but I cannot believe that education is not free in Chile. So bizarre! I like this free artistic expression, it does make the city colourful and very much like an open museum if to think about! 👍

It is a wonderful place, and you are right! it is like an open air museum. The guide told us that education isn't free...I did not know that.

I enjoyed seeing this street art. What fun !

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