In my travels around Australia and South America, I have always been captivated by the beautiful pleasures that street entertainers give to the passing crowds. It is wonderful to see the various talents that these people have been gifted with, talents they use to entertain or to make a living. The diversity is limitless, paintings by young people gracing the sidewalks which are miniature masterpieces, washed away after the first rains, to begin anew next day. Street statues that really mesmerize one’s mind, living statues so motionless that you stand absorbed for a long time, until you approach and the statues moves in a hypnotic slow motion. Magicians who brings smiles of wonderment to children and adults alike, birds and flowers, appearing and disappearing in the blink of an eye. Then there are the musicians, instruments of all kinds, violins, guitars, didgeridoo, Chinese Erhu, all entertaining with their individual voices and music, bringing the streets to life and bringing joy into the hearts of the passing crowds.
A pleasure when travelling, to take time out, and absorb some of the wonderful artistry, that these performers and artists have been gifted with.
I have put together a small collection of various street artists, that I had the pleasure to listen to, and to see perform; they are primarily from South America with a sampling of some from Australia.
The pleasures of a Punch and Judy show in a street in Valparaiso, the timeless puppetry never fails to enthrall the minds of the children
Traffic light entertainment, these artists are usually jugglers or acrobats, they are proficient in their art in that they can time the changing of the lights to a split second, they are in front of the traffic as it stops, do their entertainment and collect donations, and are back on the sidewalk as the lights change to go
I was surprised to find this didgeridoo player in Santiago, as the instrument is basically an Australian indigenous instrument, apparently he learnt the instrument on a trip to Australia, I have since learnt that there is a similar instrument that originates from Chile also.
This is a great example of a Living Statue, I am not sure exactly what he was representing, maybe a Senator from Roman days or some ancient royalty, he was motionless and held that pose for quite some time, when someone approached to make a donation in the box at his feet, he slowly came to life and extended his hand in friendship, the sunglasses actually gave intrigue to his appearance.
Cafe entertainers who play throughout various eating establishments or venues, their music is always beautiful and flamboyant and a part of Chilean life, I did witness entertainers who would board buses and entertain the crowds till the next stop.
The Magic of the Magician never fails to bring a smile, in this case an adult relives the pleasure and enjoyment of the mystical hands of this great entertainer.
Busking in the streets of Melbourne, a business not only of entertainment, but survival in many cases.
The captivating dances of the Chinchineros of Chile is always a pleasure and entertaining, I had seen them before but this was the first I had seen with a Female member of the troupe
These Australian Stockmen would have to be one of the best examples of Living Statues, we watched mesmerized to detect if they were real or not, after ten minutes we saw some faint movements, the one in the back slowly smiled, the one on the front right slightly moved a finger, we left after a time and still not sure if they all were alive or that three were statues
A very artistic street painter in Melbourne, he did tell us where the scene he was painting originated from, memory escapes me, this particular art actually was taking him a number of days to complete, he chose a site that was undercover but each night had to block off the area of the painting to continue next day
Sidewalk artistic wall graffiti, councils are becoming more lenient in allowing certain forms of artistic graffiti on buildings
The music from this Maestro was phenomenal, if I recall correctly his music was from a European country, it had the air of Bohemian style music
This Living Statue has to be my favorite, I call Her The Angel of Santiago, when I approached she slowly moved and looked directly into my eyes, I felt a shiver all over and a lump in my throat, she removed a small card from the box she was holding and slowly handed it to me with a faint loving smile, definitely a great artist that not only could hold her pose, but with her movements and dress, evoked an immense Spiritual feeling.