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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.
Santiago plaza de armas sculptureI loved this bronze sculpture on the Pedro de Valdivia bridge in the Providencia neighborhood:
Santiago female body sculpturesOther bronze favorites included the ‘kissing couple’ and the ‘women’s legs’.
Santiago de Chile sculpturesA unique sculpture in Santiago’s Bicentennial Park:
santiago sculpture bike ridersThe sculptures at the city cemetery’s main entrance are darker:
santiago sculptures cemeteryThe Santiago Sculpture Park had some great pieces, like the muscle man hanging from a steal rope and the standing needle:
Santiago de Chile sculpture parkAnother sculpture in the sculpture park:
santiago sculpture park metal sculptureThroughout the city there are many sculptures of faces…
santiago sculpture face…and I particularly liked this one:
santiago sculpture headA fountain with standing figures in Barrio Brasil:
santiago fountainThe best animal sculptures included a horse by Fernandero Botero and a dog on Cerro Santa Lucia:
Santiago animal sculpturesThe art in the Providencia neighborhood matched the contemporary vibe in the area:
santiago sculpture black and white figuresOther sculptures that caught our attention:
Santiago sculptures santiago sculpture shapes
santiago sculpture woman santiago sculpture woman in chair santiago sculpture bicentennial park Santiago bike sculpture santiago sculpture flute players

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Wow! We’re always telling people that the the price of the airfare to fly to Thailand is worth it just for the fruit alone! i think perhaps the same can be true for Santiago and these sculptures.
    What a variety. It’s difficult to choose a favorite really. We really like the woman and the woman’s face as well as the statue on the blue bicycle as well as the bronze sculpture on the Pedro de Valdiva Bridge. Guess we like the lady statues. 😉
    Looking forward to your next post! 🙂
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    1. Thanks, ladies! The lady statues were our favorites, too 🙂 Women are just prettier, I guess 😉 Oh and I totally agree that the fruit alone are worth the airfare to Thailand… how we miss these tropical fruits!!

    1. Thanks, Nicole! It really is an artistic city – so many talented painters and sculptors and also street artists! Well worth a visit for sure 🙂

    1. Thanks, Cacinda! A lot of people we met who have been to Santiago were lukewarm on the city – I truly think it needs at least a week or ten days to be fully explored.

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