A riot of color delights pedestrians in the middle of the historic center of Santiago de Chile

A riot of color delights pedestrians in the middle of the historic center of Santiago de Chile

Thousands of people travel these days through the downtown Paseo Bandera, in Santiago, which gives them an immensity of colors in their murals on the floor, walls and even the roof of the underground part that crosses the Alameda Bernardo O ' Higgins, the main avenue in the city.

A waste of color that pedestrians thank, whether they are the usual residents of the area who take advantage of the reduction of traffic by the end of the year festivities, or tourists and curious who roam the center of Santiago and run into this peculiar street pedestrian.

This walk recently inaugurated a new stretch of paintings, comprising 3 blocks between the Alameda Bernardo O'Higgins, which crosses Santiago from east to west, and the Palace of Justice, next to the Plaza de Armas.

The idea started a year ago when the first section was opened to the public, which only has the murals on the floor, but it was supplemented a few days ago with a new section that includes an underground passage under the main avenue that surrounds the passers-by. 360 degrees

The purple and pink colors of the mural in this part of the walk fill the floor, walls and ceiling while transforming meters further into a linear pattern that intermingles the colors of the rainbow.

These last days of the year, already entered in the austral summer vacations, the good weather and the lower number of pedestrians is the right moment for curious and tourists to take their time to explore this work of art of 10,000 square meters.

While the children run around and play in the colorful street, the parents take advantage of the dispersion to have a coffee sitting in the spherical seats that were installed in one of the stalls.

Meters beyond, several couples converse carefree among the vegetation installed in large planters located in the middle of the street that allow an impás under the shade of the trees of the sidewalks.

All this in the middle of the historical center of Santiago, a grid of streets usually saturated with traffic immersed in the daily frenzy of the offices and shops that flood that part of the city.

In the middle of the ride, the 67-year-old sailor José Bruno Vera, originally from the northern city of Arica, bordering Peru, told Efe that he traveled to Santiago to do some paperwork and was surprised by the striking nature of the artistic proposal.

"It is quite impressive because Chile seems to me to be growing in the cultural part, we are looking like Europe, I travel a lot by boat all over the world and I see that Chile is progressing in this sense of culture both in the towns and here in Santiago. "Vera affirmed.

He added that after meeting European cities on their sea voyages of work, he recognizes that the Chilean capital begins to emerge from the classicism that dominates its historic center and begins to resemble cities in Germany, France or Spain "very colorful."

"This beautiful Santiago, I think it's fantastic what they are doing, you see people and everyone looks the same, everyone recreates what they've done here," Vera said.

Among those people was the Venezuelan Ana Borges, 32, who has been living in Santiago for 10 months and decided to meet the Paseo Bandera for the first time with two friends.

Posing for a souvenir photograph on a curb with one of the immense murals behind her, she explained that she knew the proposal after seeing the photographs that were shared on the social networks and decided to take a walk and know it for herself.

"I have been living here for 10 months (in Santiago) and it seems to me that they really care a lot about creating recreational and recreational areas for the citizens, I invite everyone to come as well as I to know it because it really is very beautiful, "said Borges.

"I think they are a little mixing what is classical architecture with modernism and I really like it very much," he said.

Between the coming and going of people, Borges recognized that this type of artistic installation is something particular in the middle of a big city like Santiago.

"I'm going to go through it all and take lots of pictures and send it to my family and my friends in Venezuela," Borges said.


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