Clet and His Silhouette Figures in Florence
This past week while visiting the beautiful city of Florence, Italy, I discovered good places to eat, nice museums, great gardens, historic churches, friendly people, and a talented artist. My stay in Florence was amazing and to add on top of that seeing designed street signs on every corner was …
This past week while visiting the beautiful city of Florence, Italy, I discovered good places to eat, nice museums, great gardens, historic churches, friendly people, and a talented artist. My stay in Florence was amazing and to add on top of that seeing designed street signs on every corner was pleasant. Most of the streets I walked through had traffic signs that were used as canvases for fun surreal illustrations. The artist responsible for putting a smile on tourists and local faces is French native, Clet Abraham.
Clet has been living in Italy for over twenty years and his work has gained lots of recognition recently. His surreal and colorful guerrilla art uses his signature silhouette figure to alter traffic signs. His unique bright colored artwork is stamped with hints of humor and gives the traffic signs a humanistic dimension. What I like the most about his art style is that his illustrations could easily be removed. His technique when artistically redirecting these street signs is done by adhering adhesive stickers to the panels. The overall message he hopes to transmit is to have people reflect upon common visual spaces. My personal favorite piece is the dead end sign with the crucified silhouette figure.
CLet’s work is not that easy; there have been times where he has been fined for his street art. However that has not stopped him and now his art can be seen across European capitals such as Paris, Rome, London, Turin, Milan, and Barcelona. If you happen to ever be around Florence, which I strongly recommend you to visit someday, make sure to visit his studio. It’s a great place to visit that has a good selection of his art pieces and also souvenirs. Also, it’s on that way to the Piazzale Michelangelo which has a beautiful view of the city of Florence.
All Illustrations by ©Clet Abraham