Neighborhood history represented by mural art

Published on Wednesday, 17 February 2021

“What we wanted to reflect was the importance of integrating our company assets within the community and recovering the public space. In this case, the new park lighting will allow residents to enjoy this space”

– Ramón Castañeda, CEO of Enel Distribucion

Open Power to Art, a global project

The La Reina substation is the most recently painted mural within the framework of the Open Power to Art program in Chile, but it is not the only facility of this type subject to cultural and artistic intervention. Previously, the Cerro Navia and Independencia substations brought together 144 residents of all ages and the experience of eight local artists, in a collaborative project to represent the neighborhoods’ most iconic stories in connection to their identity.

A little further south of the Metropolitan Region, specifically in Coronel, the walls of the Bocamina complex were brought to life through a collaborative project with members of the community, from 7 year olds to senior citizens. The result? A large painting covering over 3,500 m2, which reflects the area's rich culture and history, with the faces of the miners prior to descending into the coal mines, historical buildings, and the Boca de Maule wetlands, among others.

And this is not limited to Chile. With projects in European countries such as Italy, Spain, Romania and Russia, and South American projects in Argentina, Brazil and Peru, Enel works at a global level to promote the relationship between art and energy, offering up its plants’ structures to become art galleries, thus contributing to the company's strategic commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).

Enel Distribución Chile follows the group's global guidelines to create value in alignment with the communities where it operates, within the framework of local development and becoming part of the territory that we work with side-by-side.