Public Art in the City of Valparaiso
Valparaiso is a seaport city in Chile . The city was a major stopover for ships travelling between the Atlantic
and Pacific oceans before the 1914 opening of the Panama Canal and was often referred to by international sailors
as “Little San Francisco” and “The Jewel of the Pacific.” The opening of the canal had a devastating effect on the
economy of Valparaíso as ship traffic suddenly decreased, however it still ranks as the country’s most
commercially important seaport. The city was declared a World Heritage site in 2003.