WALLS THAT WELCOME

WALLS THAT WELCOME

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Tstreet’s summer Art project in Rome.

Our recent mural was produced for a Caritas Shelter who houses and supports foreign unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) located in Rome. The shelter’s youth are from Sri Lanka, Botswana and Rome and were of big help to us on the project. . They were so grateful and brought much positive energy to the project.

Thanks to the Caritas Association and artist Tina Loiodice for your support on this fulfilling project. Caritas does incredible impactful work Internationally who’s goal is to end poverty., promote justice and restore human dignity .

This was a heartfelt Incredible experience for us !

European Artists

We spent the summer in Spain and Italy this year meeting amazing artists and documenting their works.  Here is a sneak preview of a documentary we will be releasing featuring one of our favorites!

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STAYED TUNED…. The documentary will be released in 2019 showcasing a group of my favorite European artistist’s . Our extensive European travel for the past 7 years has birthed many incredible connections!

INTERNATIONAL 'STREET ART FOR AMATRICE' PROJECT SENDS MESSAGE OF HOPE AND RENEWAL.

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We are proud of our International mural project, 'Street Art for Amatrice' located in central Italy. The artistic pictorial showcased the city's strength and spread a message of hope and rebirth for the residents recovering from the devastating 2016 earthquake.  

Our team's incredible vision, talent and execution on the project provided sustainable social and economic renewal to the city. We are thrilled to see these seeds of hope and renewal continue to grow.

View our video below to get a sense of this heartfelt project and artistic expression of the city's resilience and historical past . 

Street Art for Amatrice was lead by Mauro Sgarbi and curated by Simona Capodimonti.

Artists Mauro, Beetroot, Maupal, Moby Dick, GiuSy and D'Amico created an incredible work of art.  What an honor to collaborate with these skilled artists whose portfolios offer a wealth of beauty and depth.  Their vision and commitment towards the rebirth of Amatrice was inspiring.

  "NEVER GIVE UP'                                                                                                                                                                                   MAURO SGARBI- PROJECT FOUNDER AND LEADER                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 "NEVER GIVE UP'                                                                                                                                                                                   MAURO SGARBI- PROJECT FOUNDER AND LEADER                                                                                                                                                                                                           

'THE LIGHT OF REBIRTH'                                                                                                                                                                          GIUSY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

'THE LIGHT OF REBIRTH'                                                                                                                                                                          GIUSY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

'CODE'                                                                                                                                                                                                         BEETROOT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

'CODE'                                                                                                                                                                                                         BEETROOT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 'REBOOT/RESTART'                                                                                                                                                                         MAUPAL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 'REBOOT/RESTART'                                                                                                                                                                       MAUPAL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

'CAMILLA'                                                                                                                                                                                                      MOBY DICK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

'CAMILLA'                                                                                                                                                                                                      MOBY DICK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

LEARN MORE ABOUT AMATRICE'S EARTHQUAKE..               

On August 24th, 2016, the town of Amatrice was devastated by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake. The town that was loved by so many was devastated.                                                                    The earthquake tragedy made worldwide news.                   

Dignatary's and resources throughout Europe and world wide reached out to help.                                                    

Pope Frances visited the city and its residents to offer his prayers and support. Worldwide prayers and intentions surrounded the fractured city and its people. 

POPE FRANCIS VISITS AMATRICE TOWN, SITE OF ITALY EARTHQUAKE. (PHOTO CREDIT TIME MAGAZINE). 

POPE FRANCIS VISITS AMATRICE TOWN, SITE OF ITALY EARTHQUAKE. (PHOTO CREDIT TIME MAGAZINE). 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the site and announced the Canadian government would match up to 2 million dollars in donations to the Italy Earthquake Relief fund. 

MAYOR OF AMATRICE SERGIO PIROZZI  IS EMBRACED BY PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU. (HIS WIFE SOPHIE GAZES ON)..   (SEAN KILPATRICK/ THE CANDIAN PRESS VIA AP) 

MAYOR OF AMATRICE SERGIO PIROZZI  IS EMBRACED BY PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU. (HIS WIFE SOPHIE GAZES ON)..   (SEAN KILPATRICK/ THE CANDIAN PRESS VIA AP) 

Andrea Bocelli visits Amatrice and offered his support to Mayor Serigio Prozzi and the people of Amatrice. Watch this touching video to see the heart of this town and its leader.  

 We continue to send our healing intentions and prayers to this community. Amatrice- you will forever be in our hearts.

We are looking forward to future collaborations near and far that invest in the heart of communities. 

HOMETOWN HERO HONORED IN SEATTLE COMMUNITY

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ARTIST ANDY ECCLESHALL AND CURATOR TERESE CLARK LOOK UP AT A MURAL OF SEATTLE BASEBALL LEGEND EDO VANNI AT AEGIS OF QUEEN ANNE AT ROGERS PARK.

Photo taken by Joe Veyera.

When businesses develop a new property, they often will seek out ways to reach out and engage with the community that they are building in. Aegis Living wanted to 'give back' and honor the area that they were building in.      

Tstreet's vision for the mural project was to both honor the time period of the residents living in the building as well as the history of the iconic Seattle neighborhood in which it was built. 

Further research into the history of the area, revealed that legendary Seattle baseball her, Edo Vanni, who was a longtime resident of the Queen Anne neighborhood. Mr. Vanni was a local celebrity and  known as the 'Dean of Baseball' in Seattle.                                          

He attended the University of Washington, played with Fred Hutchinson (of Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) and had a successful career with the Seattle Rainer's baseball team.

Residents moving into the new community frequently recognize the Baseball Hero from their time period.

A big thanks to artist Andy Eccleshaw, who's fine art talent and skills made this project a huge success. 

A Spontaneous Studio Tour with artist Marco Tamburro.

To say that Marco Tamburro has a expansive artistic range is an understatement. He holds degrees in Architecture, Visual Arts and Interior Design. Originally from Perugia, he was drawn to the cultural beauty and quality of life in Rome. 

An incredibly successful painter, his works appear in galleries and alternative spaces of the urban scene. He is active in the theatre and fashion industry as well.                                                    

 I was thrilled to spend an afternoon in his gallery in Rome viewing  his current works and discussing his upcoming projects. 

Marco with one piece

In the painting above, Marco shares his interpretation of our world of distractions and the  'depersonalization' of the human being who lives, but does not truly exist. 

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I admire Marco's drive and commitment for self expression through his pieces. His style is bold, colorful and energizing.                                                      

It was an incredible experience to connect with this talented artist.    His drive and unique ability to create works that transcend to multiple milieus is inspiring. 

Check out Marco's website to witness the process he goes through to create his work. So Inspiring. 

Jerico: Talented beyond his years.

Jericho is a Filipino artist who lives in Rome, Italy.                                                                                           

He relocated to Rome with his family when he 10 years old, and began his immersion into the Italian culture. At the young age of 13, he started creating graffiti and would post his work in abandoned and secluded areas.                                                                                                                     

His love of Art History surfaced early on and notes that he was influenced in his studies by a variety of artists such as Francis Bacon and Van Gogh.  His talent and generous spirit is beyond his years. His mural works are much sought after.                                                                                                                                     

THE GREAT PEACE                                                                  JERICO CARADANG

THE GREAT PEACE                                                                  JERICO CARADANG

 

The portrait above is located in a large park in Rome.  When one walks past it, it is quite calming.. and the observer slows down. 

"The Great Peace', Jerico Caradang. 

Lovely to connect with Jerico in Rome this past June.                             We spent time together discussing his work, passions, and next projects. Our passions are well aligned in regards to the profound shift that public art brings to communities. His works are incredibly impactful. 

 

Jerico. Tonara.                                                                                       

A great example of the impact of story telling and urban regeneration. Such a unique style and spirit.  Watch out world! 

Swings emerge as a musical instrument in this playful public artwork

I am loving this innovative public art project 21 Swings by Tous Les Jours! Each swing triggers a different musical note, and when multiple swings are used at the same time, it creates a musical composition, where different melodies emerge. Through collaboration and play, individuals create music together. This interactive project brings together community and gives people - including adults - space to play. Innovative and interactive!

Watch this video to see the piece in action: 

Robert Vargas

 Robert Vargas is an Los Angeles based artist. He paints the people in his community in a unique spontaneous way.  He’ll sit in a public space and spontaneously ask a stranger if he can draw them. In that moment, when he’s sketching someone, he is able to capture their essence and soul. 

"I love to paint from life."

OUR LADY OF DTLA,  ROBERT VARGUS

OUR LADY OF DTLA,  ROBERT VARGUS

Robert is the kind of artist that truly inspires me, as he works day in and day out on the ground within his community. He is well known for his innovative LA public art events. 

Robert's portraits of Downtown LA residents are impactful and showcase his authentic connection to community. Through this work, he has had a profound impact on his community and the transformation of downtown L. A.

Check out this video that showcases his committed involvement in the LA community: http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/interview-robert-vargas               

To see more of Robert in ACTION, check out this short video:

 

Contemporary Artist Brad Downey

During my time onsite at the Big City Life project in Rome,  I had the pleasure of spending time with contemporary artist Brad Downey. 

Brad is renowned for his unique work. His installations are characterized by spontaneous sculptures and clever urban interventions using found objects in unconventional ways. He is American born and based in Berlin.

GUERILLA PAINT, BRAD DOWNEY

GUERILLA PAINT, BRAD DOWNEY

 

 

FOUNTAIN, BRAD DOWNEY, 2013

FOUNTAIN, BRAD DOWNEY, 2013

Brad took a unique conceptual approach to the Big City Life project. He spoke with the residents living in the building and asked if they had any grievances or uncompleted repairs in their apartments. In response,   Brad in turn created a winch on the balcony of one of the residents' apartments to lift up heavy bags. This installation piece was one of many he created to provide solutions to those problems. I loved his selfless focus and found his creativity inspiring!

Problem Solving As Mural, Big City Life Project, Brad Downey (2015)

Problem Solving As Mural, Big City Life Project, Brad Downey (2015)

"I hope my work could have the potential to inspire people to change something. This is my job, to show others that it is at least possible to change a city and participate in questioning objects".

- Downey from Building or Breaking, with Chiara Santina

Brad onsite with Stefano Antonelli during his installation on the Big City Life project. Both connecting with a resident who later sang us a song. A palpable sense of excitement and renewed sense of community was present. Amazing work being done here!o

Brad onsite with Stefano Antonelli during his installation on the Big City Life project. Both connecting with a resident who later sang us a song. A palpable sense of excitement and renewed sense of community was present. Amazing work being done here!o

The form of community engagement that Brad chose is such an inspiring example of neighborhood regeneration offering cultural and social development with a beautiful sensitivity to the immediate needs of that community.

Check out Brad's website to learn more about all of his compelling projects, including these two...

A BUILDING IS A BUILDING, BRAD DOWNEY, 2014

A BUILDING IS A BUILDING, BRAD DOWNEY, 2014

BEGINNING AND THE END, BRAD DOWNEY, 2010

BEGINNING AND THE END, BRAD DOWNEY, 2010

Big City Life Rome

Every now and then you experience a project that sparks something in your soul. That rare moment occurred when I spent two days onsite during production at the Big City Life project in Rome.      

GUIDO VAN HELTEN ( AUS), September 23, 2015

GUIDO VAN HELTEN ( AUS), September 23, 2015

This masterful urban regeneration project literally transformed the public housing complex of Tor Marancia. Entire buildings were covered with masterpieces in 43 days. The innovative project leaders collaborated with residents as well as international and local street artists.  

SETH (FR)- IL BAMBINAO REDENTORE, BIG CITY LIFE 2015

SETH (FR)- IL BAMBINAO REDENTORE, BIG CITY LIFE 2015

The Big City Life project was produced by the impressive husband and wife team, Stefano Antonelli and Francesca Mezzano of 999 Contemporary Gallery. This style of community engagement and beautification is an incredible example of urban regeneration at its best.

The duo has beautifully aligned their passion for working with artists and communities to create this urban regeneration brainchild, Big City Life.

Check out this great video about the project:

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Observing Stefano's talented orchestration of the artists and the inner workings of the project was incredible. His leadership and passionate commitment has led to the extraordinary transformation of this neighborhood and community.      

What a thrill to be invited to spend time onsite observing the project.  

999 Contemporary Gallery is truly making a difference. Incredible work being done here! 

Check out the project's website for more stunning images of the murals.

MR KLEVRA (IT)- NOSTRA SIGNORA DI SHANGHAI

MR KLEVRA (IT)- NOSTRA SIGNORA DI SHANGHAI

  

  

A brilliant time spent onsite in Rome with Big City Life Curator Stephano Antonelli and Brad Downey, Contemporary Artist.                                      

The Big City Life Project is Urban Regeneration at its BEST !