Most people think of Rome as a classical world full of history, architecture that resists despite time, ancient structures and high statues. But Rome is more than this. The capital of Italy is a true cultural center of street art.

Rome has created a map and itineraries to guide visitors as they explore these intense and often vulnerable pieces of artwork displayed in the most unconventional spaces. All these murals were drawn using special graffiti supplies , markers, spray paint and other materials.

So we took the subway and after 20 minutes we arrived to a neighborhood where twenty artists from different countries created impressive mural paintings on the sides of eleven buildings.

“Welcome to Shanghai”

“Big City Life” is a public art project for urban regeneration, cultural and social development curated by 999contemporary. It involved 18 street artists who, over 70 days, got through 756 litres of paint and 974 spray cans. The result is spectacular. 

The Tor Marancia district was originally the slums of Italy and attracted flooding, crime and poverty. Eight decades on has seen the area transformed radically and now even more so with eleven post war buildings being made into monumental murals. 

Hong Kong street artist Caratoes mural ‘Welcome to Shanghai 35’ plays on the nickname of the township “Shanghai” during the violence and poverty.  Artists invited include Seth, Jaz, Gaia, Philippe Baudelocque, Mr Klevra, Alberonero, Danilo Bucchi, Domenico Romeo, Satone, Lek & Sowat, Moneyless, Clemens Behr, Reka, Jerico, Matteo Basilé, Diamond and Pantonio.

“Big City Life” is the kind of project that every muralist dreams about — a beautiful community of people in an intimate setting, Gaia told Wanted in Rome. “The secluded nature of these gorgeous façades makes the project feel unique.” 

📍63, Viale Tor Marancia, 00147 Roma RM, Italy

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