Gaeta, open-air museum
Take a world of works, a network of artists, a town affixed to the sea; then combine it with a universe of colors and forgotten walls. All this is Urban Memories, an extraordinary project born in 2011 by an idea of Davide Rossillo, president of Tourism Creativo, which has transformed Gaeta into fertile soil for urban and contemporary art.
Urban Memories recalls how much "memory" is considered fundamental as the starting point of an innovative process projected towards the future. The aim is to rediscover the city through contemporary urban art, which becomes a tool to give new emphasis to spaces that, while being part of a visual horizon, are usually neglected, abandoned and devoid of qualifications.
The festival, which came to the sixth edition, has more than 200 street art artworks in 13 different cities, a real open-air museum that has involved more than 120 international artists. In the Gaeta alone, 80 works were performed. In this journey we tell you a few.
We start from Lombomare Caboto, where we find the work of Sainer and Bezt known as Etam Cru. The Polish duo creates large-scale murals that can turn boring cities into countries full of fairy-tale elements. Every aspect of their colorful walls seems to be moving: animals and homes get live and human characters acquire skills that challenge the laws of physics. The second work is that of Borondo. His murals are characterized by sharp and expressive brush strokes, painted by the artist and dripping from the use of the shades of the earth. The third work is signed by Seth, who carries on the walls the characteristics of a skinned and dreamy childhood, where faces dominate the rest because in the representation they are the vehicle of feelings, emotions and fears.
VIA DE LIETO
The first work we find is that of Strok, a Norwegian artist, famous for his stencils. With the introduction of the shadow, Strok's stencil surpasses the two-dimensional component of the wall and opens up to a space of small worlds seen from above where human figures, never facedown, animate street life. The subjects are taken from the contemporaneity of a young and rebellious universe that moves, moves, and never stops.
VIA VITTORIO VENETO
Here we find the work of Francesco Camillo Giorgino, 1979 class, in art, MIllo. Known for its large black and white murals, its works are characterized by simple lines, stylized figures, living in chaotic imaginary cities. Millo's artistic production is influenced by his architecture studios
In the first edition of the Festival, the Stencil Tower project was born on the turret of the Enel of corso Italia, corner of via Serapide, which over the years has seen the four facades of the building from as many artists as possible. All the guests of the show made original work with the stencil, declining that space in a very personal way and thus contributing to the choice of the curator to consecrate the building to this technique. The tower was customized in 2012 by STEN + LEX (Italy), in 2013 by Lucamaleonte (Italy), in 2014 by Eime (Portugal) and in 2015 by Alias (Germany).
For the sixth edition of Urban Memories, the art historian Ravo inaugurated in Gaeta the "Sala Lazio", painting on the wall of the Palazzetto in Via Serapo, "The Crucifixion of Christ", performed between 1581 and 1583 by the painter of origin gaetana Scipione Pulzone.
On the facade of Serapo's Palasport, Ricky Lee Gordon has performed a great work titled "The Memory of Water".
Three large walls animate, on the other hand, the rear facade of Serapo's Palasport and the adjoining building of the sports field. The first made in 2013 by Spanish SAM3. His works have as protagonists human figures characterized by wide faceless black silhouettes that stand on the pictorial surface to give rise to strong contrasts of color and interesting reversal and alternating games between full-void, negative-positive. The second wall realized in this area is PIXEL PANCHO in 2014. Writers of the first hour, Pixel Pancho as a name and artistic project, was born in 2001 with a kind of new contact and communication between the human and robot worlds. In 2015 is the turn of the Argentine Pastel, a delicate visual composer astonished in the street with a language characterized by floral compositions with strong references to Oriental culture.
CEMETERY PERIMETRIC WALL
On this length of 250 meters there are the works of international artists who have been involved in the redevelopment project with excellent results: DalEast (China), Faith 47 (South Africa), David de la Mano (Spain), Bosoletti (Argentina) 108 (Italy), Nafir (Iran), Alias (Germany).