Valparaiso Open Air Art~

There are hundreds of wall sized open air painted murals all over Valparaiso.

Click to enlarge this photo to see how the artist recycled plastic soda bottles to create living window planters for her imaginary town and writes about the need to creatively recycle plastics .

The talent and creativity of these artists blows me away.

In this hostel, I zoomed in on the art around the doorway in the photos below, so you can see the detail.

What strikes me is how talented these artists are,

and how many of them will remain unrecognized.

It is often luck that makes one famous, and another unknown.

In a fairer world, all these artists would be recognized for the true talent they have.

Valparaiso is full of gifted artists, but it also has so many poor people, and the largest slums in Chile.

The unfair fact this illustrates is that talent and poverty often reside together.

Please note: I am traveling by sea now and have limited access to internet. I will check in when possible but please excuse my inability to be responsive online.

Cheers to you from the talented artists of Valparaiso~

221 thoughts on “Valparaiso Open Air Art~

  1. “Talent and poverty often reside together.” Yes, Cindy, that’s often true, whether the talent is athletic prowess, musical ability, writing ability, or whatever. Perhaps it’s God’s way of “rewarding” those who have few material gifts.

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  2. Unrecognized talent is one of the greatest shames in our world. Part of the reason I’m trying to make myself into an actual writer, and not just an amateur blogger, is so I can locate people whose talents and contributions go unrecognized and give them a platform.

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  5. Cindy, what a treat. I could imagine myself getting lost among the work. How utterly delicious. Thank you for sharing it and I’ve sent this link to several friends who are not bloggers but artists. Two of them happen to live in Sacramento and one in London. I know they will enjoy it as well. ❤

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  6. Fabulous photos.👏👏💖
    I’m in love with the 9th picture of the girl smiling and holding her hair up. Could I post it on my blog to accompany a haiku, crediting you and linking to this post? I’m doing a poem a day during April, and I get lots of inspiration from photography.

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  7. This is why we should treasure creative arts, even the poorest neighbourhoods don’t give up on beauty, yet we wealthy Westerners often now don’t value these talents and think STEM is the only way forward, there is room for all.

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    • You are most welcome Jane. It leaves a double impression, first the talent of the artists, and second their generosity in gifting these works of art for all of us to enjoy. They transformed a city.

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