Wallpeople

International “collaborative urban art” project comes to Chile

On Saturday, July 2, one wall of downtown Santiago will be turned into a collective photographic mural, reflecting thousands of interpretations of “happiness.”

Friday, July 01, 2011  
The grassroots art installation will be celebrated in Santiago, São Paulo, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, The grassroots art installation will be celebrated in Santiago, São Paulo, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Mexico City and more.

On Saturday, Wallpeople comes to Chile, opening a space for residents, tourists, and passers-by to post their own photos in the midst of Santiago’s energetic downtown.

 

The idea is for people to share one or two photographs that illustrate “happiness,” either anonymously or with their contact information written on the back of the photo.

 

“We are trying to bring more happiness to our city,” local organizer Sebastián Pérez Canto told This Is Chile in fluent English. “This is a very good event because the people can take the public spaces and get involved with the spaces.”
 
The Wallpeople project started last year in Barcelona, with the stated aim to “return art to the streets, and take back public spaces as a means of expression and citizen interaction,” according to the project’s website.
 
This year, the grassroots art installation will be celebrated in dozens of cities on July 2, including Santiago, São Paulo, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Mexico City, and others. Pérez Canto told This Is Chile that if things go well this year in Santiago, organizers hope to replicate the event in various cities throughout Chile next year.
 
Participants in Barcelona put up more than 1,500 photographs last year; the idea this year in Santiago is to top 2,000. “Right now, there are 1,100 people signed up on Facebook,” Pérez Canto told This Is Chile on Friday morning. “We’re expecting around 3,000 pictures tomorrow.”
 
The installation will be held on one side of the Telefónica tower on Avenida Bustamente, in Plaza Italia, starting at 2:30 pm. Organizers will be handing out shirts and buttons to the first participants. At the end of the day, the wall will be taken apart, and the photos left for anyone to take.

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