street art is making things more interesting, even in traditional italy. below, you have a selection of the pieces that i ran into during my recent little tour.
the most exciting piece i found was a mr. a by andre, in siena. as the town is small and very picturesque, i was surprised to find the whimsical top-hat wearing character. but it did fit in very well, i must say.
the talks recently posted an interview with the man behind monsieur a, andre saraiva. a french-portuguese artist who is also, admittedly underground, famous for the fact that he was married to paris-based electronic pixie uffie.
this is what i found in bologna.
this is what i found in pisa.
this is what i found in venice.
i spent most time in florenece so most of the pictures are from there. i found lots of street art in the mercato di sant’ambrogio/architecture college area.
the city is marked by a variety of traffic sign interventions. you guessed it: clet rules the city! he may be french by birth but he has moved to italy 18 years ago. and he’s currently based in, of course, florence.
for a while, i wasn’t sure if all the pieces were his. a local told me they were. also, on my last evening, i ran into this little shop selling clet signed traffic signs. it was late so it was closed but online i found that an original clet could set you back at least 550 euro.
find more of his italian pieces here.
i found out something very specific about florence. it is not illegal at all so it’s not exactly street art. it’s the street numbering. they use two different colours to indicate private residences or businesses. blue of black for the former and red or brown for the latter. it is a bit confusing, but after you get the idea, it’s pretty interesting to watch.
if you recognize any other artist among the pieces i posted, please let me know.
i hope you enjoyed my street art post!
photo credits: little aesthete