The Artepassante tunnel in Milan’s Repubblica station has opened a display of street art with a five-metre “Venus of Milan”, spray-painted by Californian artist Zio Ziegler.
Titled “Underground”, the exhibition will host works by well-known international maestri of the spray-can such as Giacomo Spazio with his “Felix the Cat”, El Gato Chimney with “L’inaspettato” and Banksy with “ Love Rat”, open until May.
Ziegler, who has decorated several urban landscapes in San Francisco, as well as the Facebook offices in Las Vegas, claims to create a thousand murals a year. “Every artist has his Venus,” he told reporters; “I wanted [to do] one too, so I’ve dedicated her to Milan.”
The space occupied by various artistic events and exhibitions by the “Artepassante” initiative, originally planned for shops but never occupied, is the ideal place for it, he said. “The station is an interesting location, immersed in frenetic life, a place of transit, where people rush to go to work. It’s a perfect contrast with a symbol of femininity, of maternity, of nature. I want it to be a distraction, to stimulate the minds of passers-by.” And he added with a grin: “And maybe I’ll make them miss their train...” This is the 26-year-old’s first work in Europe.
Artepassante is a group of students and teachers from several Milan art schools which has organised various cultural activities, from art exhibitions to concerts, happenings to performances, founded about a year ago and sponsored by the Cariplo foundation, RFI rail services, Milan city and province authorities and Milano Sport.