Strange things are happening in Santiago. A gigantic cardboard robot can be spotted climbing out of the Río Mopocho onto the Pío Nono bridge, a tremendous, red arrow with the words Estas Aqui (You are Here) is hanging over Plaza Italia, and 2,800 paper cranes can be sighted suspended from Racamalac Bridge.
It’s all part of Hecho en Casa (Made at Home), Santiago’s first urban intervention festival, a groundbreaking artistic endeavor that manipulates urban space in curious and exciting ways, which runs from now until Sunday, November 25.
“We were looking to foster the relationship between urban landscape and its inhabitants,” Felipe Zegers, Hecho en Casa’s organizer told La Tercera. “Plus we wanted to bring art closer to public spaces in Santiago,” he said.
Twenty different urban installations are currently agitating the Santiago status quo and causing laughter and delight among residents throughout the city.
Besides the aforementioned, Santiago will see new and reinvigorated street murals, urban dance troops, helicopter-propelled confetti bombs, and flash decoration of everyday locations like bus stops and concrete walls.
More than 15 art collectives and solo artists have been invited to intervene, from dance to graffiti crews, sculptures to muralists. All works have been exclusively commissioned for this week’s festival.
Many other iconic locations throughout Santiago will have their feathers ruffled including the Museo de Bellas Artes, Cerro Santa Lucía, Estación Mapocho, and Centro Gabriela Mistral (GAM).
In addition to public art installations, GAM’s theater and Cine Arte Alameda are hosting free movie showings of international films dealing with art in public spaces including Exit Through the Gift Shop, Beautiful Losers, Next, and Bomb It.
“[Hecho en Casa] is an invitation to contemplate the surroundings of the city as a communicative space,” the event’s organizers described in a statement. “Art and intervention [will] participate in an active way in public discourse and the urban sphere.”
Don’t miss this truly unique opportunity to discover Santiago’s colorful streets and sights in a whole new way.