August 16, 2014

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Rafael Esquer

CATEGORY

Beautifying Impoverished Social Housing in Italy

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“San Pio is Watching You” by Geometric Bang and Alfano Pigment Workroom is a multidisciplinary studio based in Bari—Southern Italy, Puglia, the heel of the boot—working as a laboratory for participatory urban art and handcrafted printing. “Our mission has a double nature.” Says Pigmento Workroom, “We aim to represent and …

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“San Pio is Watching You” by Geometric Bang and Alfano

Pigment Workroom is a multidisciplinary studio based in Bari—Southern Italy, Puglia, the heel of the boot—working as a laboratory for participatory urban art and handcrafted printing.

“Our mission has a double nature.” Says Pigmento Workroom, “We aim to represent and foster those artists, illustrators and creators that we find talented and innovative, both in their style and contents. On the other hand, we want to map, and make use of abandoned and needy urban spaces – suburban walls, buildings and streets – in order to provide them a new aesthetic dimension, and to directly engage their residents in the creative processes.”

Staying true to their mission, a team of five Italian artists including Tellas, Alberonero, Geometric Bang, Alfano and Ciredz have enlivened the public spaces and domestic sites of an impoverished social housing neighborhood in the town of San Pio (formerly known as enziteto).

“By bringing their initiative,” writes DesignBoom, “Enziteto Real Estate, to this withdrawn spot, the artists’ aim to challenge the cliché that social housing units and their environmental context are of no cultural interest, stressing how the aesthetics of place can impact cultural and social conditions.”

What a noble and beautiful project, exactly what art and design should do. Kudos guys!

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“San Pio is Watching You” by Geometric Bang and Alfano (detail)
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“Overview” by Roberto Ciredz
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“Overview” by Ciredz (detail)
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“Di Stefano” by Alberonero
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“Di Stefano” by Alberonero. Mural painted in 36 tones (detail)
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“La Grandezza del Mare Immenso” by Tellas
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“La Grandezza del Mare Immenso” by Tellas (work in progress)

Via DesignBoom
All images ©Antonio Pellegrino and Mario Nardulli

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