Valparaiso Art

03 Mar

Continuing my adventures in Chile, and leaving the Beautiful Port city of Valparaiso, following the magnificent Fireworks display on New Year’s Eve, we dined on an excellent Chilean Cuisine, Chilean food is far different from what you expect in a Western country. Chileans eat a lot of seafood, much like we eat a lot of Meat products. Being a Coastal country they have access to Seafood, to the extent that it forms part of their everyday diet, and their Seafood is fresh, caught from the ocean that is swept by the Humboldt Current. By taxi, we travelled back down the magnificent hillside to Valparaiso, the city was still ablaze with lights and Fireworks, New Years Eve in this City is celebrated to the limits, Parties and Dancing would continue on into the early morning. As the Moon settled into her night-time vigil over Valparaiso Bay, we rested for the night in preparation of exploring the colorful streets and Cosmopolitan by ways that form the hills of Valparaiso.

The next two days were spent exploring every street and Alleys in the High Hills, obviously we couldn’t cover all areas, and our driver chose the streets that bought the City to life, its Artwork, commonly known as Graffiti, but here classified as Art. This Artwork has become world renowned, to the extent that overseas artists are invited each year, to add their talents to the streets and buildings in Chile. I was fascinated with the Art, the colossal sizes of the murals, the colours and images all displayed a Chilean talent very rarely seen in other countries.  As I have previously mentioned, the hills of Valparaiso have the potential for devastating fires and landslides, the majority of times they are caused by Earthquakes, the houses are a cross between the old Colonial structures, and additions that were added before building regulations became a part of the development programmes in Chile. Chile is renowned for Earthquakes, the last major Quake hit Santiago in 2010, It’s rather ironic that in Chile, they feel that anything under 6 magnitude on the Richter scale is nothing more than a tremor, whereas we in the Western worlds classify a 2 percent magnitude as an Earthquake for Chileans, anything under 6 percent is usually referred to as The Earth Talking. I digress for a moment, in Santiago we used Taxis all the time, one young driver, about twenty years of age, related his story of how he survived the 2010 Earthquake and Tsunami that rocked Valparaiso, through my lovely Interpreter, my wife Ana, he told his story, he stated, the Earth was Alive, it was Breathing, it was rising and falling like your chest, inhaling and exhaling, he went on to say that during the Earthquake, he and his family, fled to the hills of Valparaiso, he subsequently, later on, became a Taxi driver in Santiago. Back to my colourful streets of the Hills of Valparaiso, we spent two days, I was photographing as much as I could, I wanted to capture the Beautiful Artwork that is Valparaiso, I took hundreds of Photographs which I want to, hopefully, have a Photographic exhibition later on. In the meantime I share with you, this small selection.

Kind regards and best Wishes

Aussie Emu aka Ian


Posted by on March 3, 2016 in Uncategorized


28 responses to “Valparaiso Art

  1. Laine Anne Jensen

    March 19, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Absolutely love these! Thank you for sharing your travels. What a fantastic journey you had 🙂

    • The Emu

      March 19, 2016 at 7:48 am

      Thank you Laine for taking the time to enjoy my journey, it was a fantastic experience, to which I will add further on my return to Chile to explore the famous, Atacama Desert and then the Antarctica area.
      Kind regards and Best wishes.

  2. Renee Espriu

    March 11, 2016 at 4:23 am

    I am an artist of a different kind but I so am in awe of those who do art on buildings, murals and such. How gifted they are to share such talent that they have. You had a wonderful trip indeed.

    • The Emu

      March 11, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Hi Renee, a real pleasure to hear from you, I do hope you are well and enjoying your life.
      Thank you for your lovely comment, the Artwork in Valparaiso really captivated me, I took many many pictures, hoping to hold an Photographic Exhibition one day.
      My kindest regards and best wishes.

  3. natswans

    March 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    The art work I love the granny tapping her fingers .

    • The Emu

      March 7, 2016 at 7:53 am

      Thanks Sheila, I thought she was one of the best I had seen over there.
      Lovely to hear from you and hoping all is well in your life.
      Kind regards and best wishes.

  4. Sue Dreamwalker

    March 6, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    WOW.. I think I too would be fixed to those magnificent creations of art on the buildings.. One doesn’t know how hard such a large piece of art is to get into perspective.. Wonderful creations… I am so loving your journey Ian. 🙂

    • The Emu

      March 7, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Happy you are enjoying my journey Sue, I’m leaving the best to last as I go through the journey chronologically, the last three posts are on the Hanging Glacier, The Marble Cathedral rock formations and the last Continental Ice Shelf.
      I have taken over 7000 pictures in the time there, the Valparaiso Art was spectacular.
      Thanks for finding my posts enjoyable.
      Cheers and Best wishes.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        March 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm

        I am loving it Ian.. All sounds very interesting.. 🙂 xxx

        • The Emu

          March 11, 2016 at 11:44 am

          Thank you Sue, I have kept the best of my adventure till the last, The Hanging Glacier and Continental Ice Shelf, also the story of drinking Whiskey with 120 million year old ice, damn that Ice has a kick, ended up with a headache.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            March 11, 2016 at 2:12 pm

            Haha.. to the headache.. not surprising LOL.. 🙂

          • The Emu

            March 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

            Yep quite a headache Sue, no more 120 million year old Ice for me in Whiskey.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            March 17, 2016 at 3:47 pm

            Haha!!! 🙂

  5. lafayetteangel

    March 4, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    There all good but I like the person playing the drum the best, :).

  6. dancingpalmtrees

    March 4, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Great photos and the description of the Earth Talking. Fabulous! I’ve added this to my Travel Places & Sights List for when I retire. Thanks for sharing!

    • The Emu

      March 5, 2016 at 12:51 am

      Great that you enjoyed that post my Friend, you will not be disappointed when you retire in visiting Chile, make sure you see from the North to right down to the Patagonia region of South Chile.
      Thanks for the visit and comment.
      Kind regards and best wishes for a great weekend.
      Emu aka Ian.

  7. derrickjknight

    March 4, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Nice description and great pics, Ian

  8. davidprosser

    March 4, 2016 at 8:39 am

    The world is slowly catching on to the art of graffiti . Your pictures are excellent an.

    • The Emu

      March 5, 2016 at 2:45 am

      Thanks David, the Art over there was phenomenal, I have taken thousands of pictures, not only of the Artwork, I am hoping to put an exhibition together, the pics were taken in Panoramic format, which I forgot when I posted on Word Press, hence the slowness in downloading for view, rectified this prob and now downsize my pics.
      Kind regards and best wishes for a great weekend.
      Emu aka Ian.

  9. prenin

    March 3, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Ian! 🙂

    The pictures came through perfectly!!! 🙂

    It looks like a beautiful city!!! 🙂

    God Bless and thanks for your travellers tales!!! 🙂


    • The Emu

      March 5, 2016 at 2:18 am

      The secret is in downsizing the pics Prenin, I had forgotten that small point.
      Cheers and best wishes for a great weekend, hope that Flu has Flown by now.

  10. wonkywizard

    March 3, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Impressive and artistic graffiti – in Singapore the Chileans would each receive many canned strokes. Maybe they should invite Singapore leaders to take a look, since the small nation is now opening up for creative arts.

  11. GP Cox

    March 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Love the old lady with her glasses half off!!

    • The Emu

      March 5, 2016 at 2:55 am

      Agree gp, out of the hundreds of pics I took, she stands out as one of the best, still catching up on posts mate, see I’m behind with a few of yours.
      Kind regards and best wishes for a great weekend.
      Emu aka Ian.


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