Walking along the streets and the less frequented streets of Parma, you can discover not well known spaces with the signature of young local and international artists: they are the places of Urban art or Street art. In recent years, in Parma was promoted several projects for the redevelopment of urban spaces that have given us new or renewed places where this art has ... left its mark.
If you don't know them yet, come and discover with us where they are and what their history is.
Piazzale Rondani: let's start this itinerary from Piazzale Rondani, between Ponte Caprazucca and Strada Bixio, which in 2014 as part of Parma Street View was created a collective mural of over 250 square meters dedicated to the theme of the barricades of 1922 and created for the twelve bays of the wall of the G. Marconi Linguistic High School, in via Benassi and Piazzale Rondani. The artists wre: A. Canu, Chomp, Dildo Society, Grozni, Mha Corre tra gli Alberi, P-45, PsikoPatik. Live painting & performances by Giovanni Cavalleri, Common Place, Mr. Savethewall, Pool Hall McLuc Culture.
Viale Toschi: from here the next stopo is in the historical centre in Viale Toschi behind the Monumental Pilotta Palace, where on the bus shelter you can still see "Third Landscape" created by the artist PAO in 2015.
Railway station: but what is Parma Street View? It was the first edition of the Street Art and Urban Art Festival in Parma, in 2016 was created the underpass of the Parma railway station as protagonist for the third edition where the well-known artists Nabla & Zibe paid homage to Maestro Giuseppe Verdi, representing him - they are their words - “in all its aspects, taking the viewer on a dream journey that wants to retrace the past in order to look to the future. Verdi's hopeful eyes mixes with his origins at the Roncole birthplace. All these images are included within an embrace, on the background of the Regio theatre of Parma ".
Here at the railway station, in Viale Borsellino, there is anothere murales: in the summer of 2020 the artist Alessandro Canu commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Bologna massacre, of 2 August 1980, with a mural to remember the victims.
Subway in via Trento: just behind the station in one of the most traditional places for Street Art we find a representation of the theme of ecology, which in Parma finds its expression in the #IKEAlovesEARTH with the ecological mural called La città che respira, an artistic project by Others Cultural Association. And for this project, special paints were used to reduce the concentration of nitrogen oxide particles in the air, favoring the reduction of atmospheric pollution, made available to the artist thanks to the precious collaboration of the company that produces Airlite.
Subway Ponte Europa: continuing with our itinerary, not too far from the station but moving away from the historic center by crossing the Ponte delle Nazioni and near the beautiful Parco Ducale in the Via Reggio underpass, here is the creation of Segni Urbani 2018, the National Biennial Convention on Urban Creativity that created murals whose inspiring theme was The Journey. The journey in a broad sense.
Viale Piacenza (at the corner with via Marchesi): the theme of the environment is once again the protagonist in the mural by Andrea Tarli, the winner artist of the competition "On the way to a more livable and visible home" and who in 2019 painted Nature luxuriant, where the theme of houses coexists with the environment.
Via Venezia: the people wishing to take a few more steps, at the beginning of Via Venezia we find the murales dated 1997 by the painter of Parma Adriano Orlandi, on the wall of a kindergarten, and where in 2018 a plaque was placed in his memory.
Borgo Serena: we conclude this journey in the historic center, a walking distance from Piazza Duomo and Piazza Garibaldi, with Maestro Giuseppe Verdi again as the protagonist. In this case he is the inspiring subject of the project Le donne di Verdi which, by Artkademy and promoted by the artist Roberta Musi in 2020, wanted to pay homage to the female figures in the works of the Master in a non-traditional story that takes place on the shutters of Borgo Serena.