The “Fresh Flâneurs” show in Bari, Italy recently added new murals to the city by half a dozen talented artists, but the walls are at risk of being buffed by the city because they have begun to cause some controversy. Although some informal polling by the local newspaper shows that citizens of Bari are overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the work, there is still some resistance. Essentially, it seems to come down to regulations about changing building facades for the sake of historical preservation, which some people are saying apply even if the building is not historic.
I’m really excited that Vittorio Parisi of Bari’s Doppelgaenger Gallery saw what was happening nearby at FAME Festival and brought it some of it to Bari. The murals by Sten&Lex, El Tono and others are all really strong pieces, and it would be a shame to seem them go. If you’re in Bari, you can still check out these works in person for the time being, but here they are for the rest of us (hopefully this isn’t how the citizens of Bari will have to be looking at the works soon):
Photos by Beppe Gernone, El Tono and Sten&Lex