Outdoor – May 7 on the Walls of Rome
I’ve been a bit absent the past few days because I was busy out in Garbatella shooting what is without a doubt the largest public street art installation in Rome. NUFactory, in co-operation with the Provincia, Municipio XI, gained permission to cover four of the facades of Garbatella’s historic lotti with poster art. The project is called Outdoor and the Roman artists, JB Rock and Sten and Lex were asked to contribute, as well as French artists C215 and L’Atlas. The official opening of the event is tomorrow, May 7, starting at 6 pm at the Teatro Palladium. There you will be able to see more about the artists, as well as videos and photography (including mine) shot during the installation. I was there all during the installation, much of it done in either drizzling or down pouring rain, but this didn’t stop anyone. It was truly a privilege to see all the artists working and to be up close and personal with their pieces, which all vary in style. Equally interesting was the chance to hear first hand feedback from the inhabitants of the neighborhood. Part of Outdoor’s aim is to show how public art interventions can help better the urban decor of the city and while there were both negative and positive comments, the overwhelming majority seemed quite interested and said they wished the posters would stay up for longer. Read the full press release on the Outdoor website to learn more about the project and come out tomorrow in support of the opening at Teatro Palladium. In the meantime, I’ll give you a preview image (I’ll put more up on my Flickr when the opening is over). This shot features the work in progress of Sten and Lex, the biggest piece they’ve ever done. Any guess as to who it depicts?
Update: See a few of my shots on (including the Sten + Lex poster of a past work – they didn’t put the credit) La Repubblica.it!
Friday, May 7 at 6 pm @ Teatro Palladium – Piazza Bartolomeo Romano 8
Tuesday, June 15 at 6 pm @ via dei Magazzini Generali
For the closing party the Roman artists JB Rock and Sten and Lex will create a permanent piece on via dei Magazzini Generali due to the contribution of Filmmaster group and McCann Erickson.