In our Santiago quick guide, we talked about how Santiago is the kind of city that takes awhile to reveal itself, lacking any real landmark attractions outside of the Cathedral and the Plaza de Armas, and the unfinished Gran Torre de Santiago, which will eventually be South America’s highest skyscraper. However, there are so many interesting, if less obvious, charms to Santiago. For example, just down the rushing Maipocho River from the tower, set in a long, wide green space between one of the city’s main avenues, is a sculpture park with dozens of intelligent pieces. The park is subtle, yet, in true Chilean style, impeccably carried out. But we found beautiful stone, wooden and bronze sculptures in every neighborhood throughout the city, not just in the sculpture park, and some of the best were even just along the bike path where we walked the dogs every morning.
Join us on a tour of our favorite sculptures in Santiago – starting at the city’s main square, the Plaza de Armas, where you find this giant carved stone face, a testament to Chile’s Indigenous populations.
I loved this bronze sculpture on the Pedro de Valdivia bridge in the Providencia neighborhood:
Other bronze favorites included the ‘kissing couple’ and the ‘women’s legs’.
A unique sculpture in Santiago’s Bicentennial Park:
The sculptures at the city cemetery’s main entrance are darker:
The Santiago Sculpture Park had some great pieces, like the muscle man hanging from a steal rope and the standing needle:
Another sculpture in the sculpture park:
Throughout the city there are many sculptures of faces…
…and I particularly liked this one:
A fountain with standing figures in Barrio Brasil:
The best animal sculptures included a horse by Fernandero Botero and a dog on Cerro Santa Lucia:
The art in the Providencia neighborhood matched the contemporary vibe in the area:
Other sculptures that caught our attention:
Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!