Santiago’s biggest urban art intervention, “Hecho en Casa” is in full bloom this weekend and features five different urban art installations, including a enormous rubber ducky in the Quinta Normal park from Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.

The Giant Rubber Ducky on display in Quinta Normal.

At FoodyChile we are also fans of cultural endeavors and the arts, and along with the exploring the food scene we love to check out the emerging arts scene here in the Chilean capital. And that includes interactive and non-traditional art installations as well. Hecho en Casa, which means litterally “homemade”, is in its fifth year and invites Santiago residents and visitors to see the city in a new light. Its sponsored by Entel, one of Chile’s mobile carriers, and runs September 28th to Octuber 8th. Here is a bit from their press release which we translated into English:

Five urban art interventions, from three international and two Chilean artists will bring to life the fifth edition of the urban art festival “Hecho en Casa Entel”. This free event will run from Thursday, September 28th until Sunday, October 8th with monumental and interactive works that encourage people to connect with culture and look at the city with new eyes.

One of the new elements is that this year the festival will extend from 6 to 11 days, to run two weekends and give an opportunity to more people to be part of this experience. Last year, more than 3 million people visited the installations of the festival, the largest of its kind in Latin America, and in 2017 organizers expect 5 million visitors. In addition, for the first time in its history the festival will also reach regions, specifically Valparaiso.

One of the installations is of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who is presenting “Rubber Duck”, a 20 meter high 17 meter wide yellow duck, which will sit in the lagoon of the Quinta Normal park, as if it was a bathtub. This work, which has been seen in different countries since 2008 (although never with these enormous diminutions), will be in the park from September 28th until October 1st.

Additionally, from October 4-8, the Rubber Duck will be in the Valparaiso Bay, floating in the asea just in from the Prat Pier, if weather conditions allow it.

Furthermore, Paseo Bulnes, in the center of Santiago, the Australian “The Glue Society” will present an intervention especially designed for the festival. This is a “Tenderdero”, a clothing line of five meters width and 8 meters in height, which will extend 50 meters above this pedestrian walkway. As additional effect, the rope will drip water.

The concourse of the Contemporary Art Museum will feature work from the English group Sand in Your Eye, using 120 tons of sand for the work “Us”, which consists of sculpted faces representative of the native people of the Americas. This work will be available for the length of the festival.

The fourth intervention, called the “Mural of Patromony”, is from Antofagasta (Chile) artist Luis N´ñez, who painted a hyperrealist mural of 300 square meters set in the 1900’s, on Rosal street of the Lastarria walkway (Santiago Center).

The fifth work will be “Chilean Butterflies” of Chilean artist Valeria Merino, winner of the #IdeasTorreEntel contest, an initiative which included 40 different projects. Merino’s work consists of five giant butterflies that will pose on the Entel Tower, as if this symbol of technology was a tree in a forest of cement.

“We always look to get people’s attention in a positive way, interrupting the routine in daily spaces through urban art. As such people are thankful for the event,that is open access, and invites them to look at their environment as something closer and inclusive” commented Payo Söchting, creative director of the festival.

Don’t forget we have a Gallery & Museums tour which visits distinct some of Santiago’s best venues for contemporary and fine art, and they can be adapted to include special events, interests and more.

Hecho en Casa: Santiago’s urban art festival
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