Summer 2019 – Peeta has transformed the facade of a residential house in the German city of Manheim into a deceiving ‘anamorphic’ mural. The art work was commissioned on the occasion of the Stadt Wand Kunst Street Art Festival and consists into a a series of ribbons and geometrical designs that break the architecture of the building without betraying its original nature.
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Archipanic met Peeta, a.k.a. Manuel Di Rita, a Venetian graffiti artist, member of the EAD crew (Padua, Italy), FX and RWK crews in New York. He joins international festivals worldwide.
How was this project born?
“Like many of my works, this mural was created by harnessing from multiple studies and different disciplines such as the socio-cultural context, a technical study on perspectives and light trajectories as well as a mathematical analysis of surfaces. The final design blends architecture and parametric design, but it was completed with paint, brushes and paint rollers.”
How younger and older generations relate to street art?
“Public opinion has definitely improved. Unexpectedly, from my personal experience, I noticed that the strongest street art lovers are generally more mature. This is probably because the younger generation is used to feed on stunning pics on Social Media 24/7, whilst older generations enjoy to be mesmerised by the artwork in real life. In street art they find a new way to live their city evaluating its aesthetics and social potentials.”
Italy is a country with an enormous artistic and architectural heritage, as well as a more traditional approach to its preservation. How is the Italian street art scene evolving?
“Fast. The street art scene has finally become competitive on an international level. And I am talking about both public and private commissions as well as festivals worldwide.”
“The fact that advertising communication has been using the street art language quite broadly contributed to make it understandable to a larger public”.
All photos: courtesy of Peeta.