Promote art as a response to vandalism and encourage citizens to take care of the most precious asset: their own community.
This is the aim of "100 muri diversi" an initiative created by Roberto Morgantini and Danilo Masotti, that on October 1 and 8 has seen more than 40 artists armed with brush, giving new life to Ponte di Stalingrado bridge, a link between suburbs and the city center, gone gray and ruined by tags over the years.
Many artists, citizens and volunteers chose to take part in the initiative: first to paint white the "canvas" walls, then to fill them with color art. Among famous artists, like Luis Gutierrez, Bolognese Andrea Benetti, chilean Juan Contreras, and Paul Bevere, who made the first murals accessible to blind. [READ ALSO: Dozza, the street art village]
I visited the bridge with my Canon and a 24mm lens on a cloudy sunday morning. I found a few artists painting and we talked about this grass roots initiative and how important it is for Bologna. Lots of tourists asked me about the huge amount of tags ruining the porticoes and it's not easy to explain how we arrived to this situation. Popoular streetart artists like Blu or Ericailcane decorated some walls of Bologna suburbs in the past, making them real pieces of art to visit and be proud of. Morgantini with "100 muri diversi" showed us how it's possible to transform grey into beauty and how Bologna still is a city where a group of people with ideas can do something good for the whole community.
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