A journey into the street art worldwide in search of the most significant murals, more colorful, more original: you can do it, from home, by browsing the platform ArtsandCulture of Google. It is not surprising that the public art section (graffiti, murals) is enriched day after day (here you can find about 20 thousand elements): if it is not possible to physically move, the “big eye” of the satellite can give us artistic visions on which it is worthwhile. linger. We have selected five.
A vintage Banksy, waiting for the next move
Her latest work dates back to just over a month ago: it was Valentine’s Day, do you remember? It seems like a life ago. Bristol awoke on February 14 with a “Banksy” hymn dedicated to the feast of lovers: on the part of a house in the Barton Hill area you can see a girl with a slingshot in her hand from which a shot has just started. Above, the effect of the explosion: a composition of red plastic leaves and flowers. Too bad that, from a distance, it is so similar to that of a blood stain. After this disturbing Cupid, silence. A couple of days from, during the Sotheby’s online auction in London reserved for the prints of the most mysterious artist of the moment (it will really be Robert Del Naja of the trip hop group Massive Attack?), a print of the famous Girl with Ballon dominated the scene again (the auction grossed $ 1.4 million in total, so to speak). Many bet that the artist sooner or later will have his say on the ongoing pandemic management, and waiting for this you can taste yourself on ArtsandCulture Google a journey among the London murals by Banksy.
The magnificent 9 of New York
High melancholy session. In the days when the Big Apple is affected by the coronavirus (and the first field hospitals begin to be built in Central Park), here , for a time ranging from 3 minutes to 3 hours (how long can you admire an online work of art?) we can pause the present, and play with memories (or with future wishes) thanks to 9 virtual stages on the most artistic walls of the city. The murals and graffiti of New York are truly magnificent, but those of the Brazilian Eduardo Kobra, a little more. There is the ‘great classic’ in Brooklyn dedicated to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and that, at number 407 on Bedford Avenue, which shows Andy Warhol and Basquiat while they pass the hashtag to passersby #fightforstreetart. New click, new emotion: move the cursor upwards and follow the entire facade of the building on Jersey Avenue where the Brazilian street artist has dedicated a tribute to Ziggy Stardustthe day after David Bowie’s death. The journey continues: in New York there is a job of Keith Haring (Crack is Wack, recently restored), and refined designs like it Houston Bowery Wall Mural, “domesticated” private space with public art and, for those who love true street art, the so-called “Graffiti Hall of Fame“ in front of a school in Harlem (here: the advice is to point with the cursor and ‘walk’ up and down the street, pausing in front of each job).
Streets of Philadelphia
The moment is also perfect for recovering some past history, such as that of City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Programs, the largest public art program in the United States. For over 35 years, the Mural Arts invited, stimulated and brought together well-known and lesser-known artists to create “projects that could transform public spaces and the lives of individuals”. Ambitious: we talk about something like 50/100 works per year, all created starting from the real needs of the communities in which they were inserted. Choral murals, we could call them: a single artist signs them, but they speak to the heart and belly of the community that every day, leaving the house, finds them in front of it. It was a woman who started it all: in 1984 the artist Jane Golden he tried to imagine graffiti differently. In other words, as an act of protest, but not an end in itself: Jane Golden called a hundred boys from the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Philadelphia and put them to work night and day to “rethink” the bridge and the sidewalk of the busy street that it connected West Philly with the center. The result is called Life in the City and everything that came out of it later you can find it here
Pincoya, art is commitment
Another of the most clicked street art stories ArtsandCulture comes from the other side of the world: the municipality of La Pincoya, near Santiago de Chile, has been carrying out a project of “social muralism“(As they call it) which has the main objective of reconstructing local history through a lively intervention on the walls of the houses of the town. The Open Air Museum it’s an explosion of colors. And not only that: it talks about discrimination, gods children’s rights, the need to make social inclusion, the importance of school and solidarity and the respect for the environment. In La Pincoya – where once there were subversive organizations that fought against the dictatorship of Pinochet – art is (also) battle and political commitment. siempre.
Orticanoodles, and the art of “dusting”
It makes a certain effect as you continue to wander at various artistic latitudes on ArtsandCulture, come across geographic coordinates so close to our home: the project of Orticanoodles, Milanese street art collective led by Walter Contipelli, did not go unnoticed (here the whole section dedicated to them: there are their works made in Italy, but also around the world such as the murals made last year in Detroit to celebrate Samantha Cristoforetti).
To Orticanoodles we have the Or.Me. project (Ortica Memoria, the official website is here https://orticamemoria.com/) and, waiting to be able to admire it by cycling, it can also be viewed online. It is about world’s first museum district where the memory of the 900 is – literally – painted on the walls. Like? With the ancient technique of ‘dusting’, which allows you to bring any design onto various surfaces (first you draw the subject on a cardboard in full size, then pierce the contours with a tip, place the perforated cardboard on the surface, dabbing the parts perforate with charcoal, finally it is colored). And so, in the former working-class district of Ortica (where there is still one of the most popular dance halls in Milan, where the “pole” of Jannacci’s song is still remembered), we stroll among colored murals that celebrate history. The most original piece is that dedicated to women: from Liliana Segre to Alda Merini, from Alessandrina Ravizza to Antonia Pozzi, with their stylized and proud faces. No frills, so much substance. There street art you do so.