The face of secular Christmas celebrations everywhere, Santa has fast come to symbolize the commercialism that takes over the holiday season once Black Friday casts its shadow. Still, kids all over the world believe in that bearded grandfather figure that magically fulfills all their Christmas wishes all the way from the North Pole.
Street artists the world over use the mythical Kris Kringle to depict issues like poverty and inequality, or just the happiness of the holidays. What does Santa mean to you?
1. “Spare any change please?”
2. Santa in Amoreiras, Lisbon
3. Monkey Santa in Mexico City
4. Santa in Florence, Italy
5. Santa by Mr. Brainwash and The Worley Gig
6. Banana Santa on St. Martin Island in the Caribbean
7. Isaac Cordal‘s Santa sculpture in Brussels
8. Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan stealing Christmas in Cork City, Ireland
Know any other artworks to add to the list? Comment below!