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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These are so incredible!
They are amazing and even more impressive in person! I really wanted to share how amazing they were via photos 😉
What an amazing and beautiful initiative. These are truly gorgeous works of art. Thank you for sharing! Cheers from Copenhagen!
So glad you enjoyed looking at them, I loved this place so much! A true hidden gem 😉
I liked quite a few of the artwork a lot but the one that drew me the most was the third one – where the front and back of the woman touching her head with her hand is shown simultaneously. Wonderful community initiative!
It’s such a great community initiative! I loved it. That was one of my favourites too, it’s so skillfully done and the image when looking across the road is incredible! 🙂
I don’t even think I can choose one!! I need to get here soon.. I’ve been hearing so much about it and seriously need to go see all the art. looks absolutely amazing! I’ll have to ask ya for tips 😀
Seriously couldn’t recommend it enough, it’s an incredible place and I adore the reasons behind it!
What an absolutely wonderful idea to brighten up a neighbourhood! Just love it! Great to see Santiago featured. #WanderfulWednesday
It’s the most amazing, isn’t it? I was so happy to find this place! 🙂
That sounds like such a fun place to visit! I love that the city created a positive place for people to come and enjoy art from something that was so negative! That’s awesome that you also saw your name all over the place too!
It was so fun! It’s a shame that not many people know about it, so I hope the word spreads!!
some pretty cool images!
Wow, those are some stunning murals! I’m not a fan of typical graffiti, but I do have a soft spot for this – this is legit art (in my opinion :).
I agree that this really is real art 🙂 So talented!
I love how colourful the streets are with all that beautiful art work!
It’s one of the most colourful places I’ve been too, it was so beautiful! 🙂
Those murals are true works of art!
I couldn’t agree more! They are fantastic! 🙂
Wow, some of these are spectacular!
Aren’t they just? I really enjoyed photographing them all! 🙂
I can’t believe that this is actually a hidden gem! It looks unreal and I would expect bus loads of tourists to visit this place every day!!
I think it’s because it’s not anywhere near the centre and isn’t in an area that you would go to unless you know somebody. Hopefully more people will hear about it soon!
This is such a brilliant initiative – it’s so great when people can see this type of art as separate from “graffiti,’ and understand how much beauty and value it can bring to a community. You’ve captured it all beautifully, as well – great angles!
I loved it! So full of beauty, detail and messages 🙂 Thanks so much – it was so fun to photograph!
Have to agree these walls are amazing! Looks like artists wanted to give their best to the community. I like when you feel like you have seen everything of something and then your are proven wrong. Thanks for sharing this place!
Glad you enjoyed seeing these pieces of art through the screen. It’s always special to find a hidden gem! 🙂
It would certainly be very difficult to choose one, but if I absolutely had to choose one it would be the art piece by which you are posing at the end of the post, so beautiful! Although the collection of these murals look all so vibrant and captivating, thanks for sharing! xoxo, nano
So glad you enjoyed the post! It’s nice to share some of the amazing colours 🙂 I loved them all! xx
These are really interesting, I’d love to find out more about the political/social meaning behind particular ones, they are very complex!
Me too, it would be amazing to meet the street artists behind each piece to learn more! 🙂
These are HUGE street art walls, awesome!! What an amazing idea and kudos to the people who drove this initiative forward. You’re right; those details are incredible!
Incredible, right?! I was in AWE! 😀
Wow, I love the story behind this neighbor. What a hidden gem to for street art! I love how the community got together to transform it!
I loved learning about it too as it makes the project even more special 🙂
The colors are so vibrant and beautiful!!! I love that you always find the most fascinating street art – these are even more interesting to me because they are plugged into where people live!! So incredible!
Loved this place so much, it was so full of life 🙂
Yep, impossible to choose one. But Marcela’s art looks lovely. This is such a great initiative, more places should do this kind of thing!
Totally agree, it’s a great idea! 🙂
Wow! Very very impressive! I love street art like this – I wish there was more in Scotland! It would brighten up the buildings and cities 🙂
It’s an amazing place! Is there any hidden street art close to you?