Sculptures of Santiago – A photo essay

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Last Updated on March 3, 2021

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 Gran Torre de Santiago, 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 Santiago de Chile that aren’t mentioned in any travel guides. There’s public art basically 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.

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Join us on a tour of our favorite sculptures in Santiago de Chile – 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 de chile sculpturesI loved this bronze sculpture on the Pedro de Valdivia bridge in the Providencia neighborhood:
santiago de chile sculpturesOther bronze favorites included the ‘kissing couple’ and the ‘women’s legs’.
Santiago de Chile sculpturesA unique sculpture in Santiago de Chile’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 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! 🙂

    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!!

  2. Very interesting sculptures. I also like the bronze sculpture on the Pedro de Valdivia bridge. Also the metal ones in the park are also interesting. But all in all, everyone one of them has something to say.

  3. Wow! Looking forward to discovering all of these and hopefully some more! Also, nice to see you’ve included a link to the comments at the end of the post…you can now expect me to be commenting every five minutes!

    1. Sam, yes, we appreciated the tip!! 🙂 And I hope you’ll get to see some of these amazing sculptures (definitely head to the Sculpture Park).

    1. Yes, we had seven weeks of glorious weather and not a single drop of rain! I hope you’ll get to return one day and see more of Santiago!

    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, Amanda! The people on the bikes were just awesome! It’s actually a huuuuuge sculpture, I don’t think it comes across how big it is.

    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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