Ericailcane at Laurentino 38 – V Ponte
In late June artist Ericailcane came to Rome to paint a huge facade in the Laurentino 38 neighborhood. Created in the mid-70s, this area was supposed to be a sort of new “casa popolare” in Rome, but has turned into one of the most degraded areas of the city, and one with a bit of an unsavory reputation. LabUrba has started a project to bring some life back to the neighborhood and commissioned the facade, the largest painted facade in Rome that I’ve seen (correct me if I’m wrong). I was out of town the weekend of the painting, but thanks to a great post over on Drago, it’s possible to see the work in progress. It’s crazy that there haven’t been any other images I’ve seen on the web, as if this was in a different city it would be all over the place, but I suppose that’s precisely why I spent 90 minutes, two bus rides, and a metro trip to get there. Small children rode their tricycles around the building and under the mural while the adults hung outside under the shade that the large edifices provided. I just kept wondering if they enjoyed the image and if it brought some small amount of joy to the people who lived in the area. In fact, a news clip embedded below shows just what everyone thinks and the reaction is positive (sorry, it’s only in Italian!).
More details of the mural:
PS. It’s my last post before summer vacation, so I’ll see you all back here in about 2 weeks….a presto!