What happened in Proccio in recent days is causing discussion on social networks. The Bolano Foundation also intervenes in defense of the canceled work.
MARCIANA – “A long time ago in a small village there was a square, not even a village, but a crossroads, which became a meeting place for tourists and residents. writes Alessandra Ribaldone, Italo Bolano Foundation. artist, “foreigner”, but now Elba by adoption, with the desire to “make” a typical artist, in love with this magical land and its traditions”.
The message is about a painting on a building covered in white paint, and the story is causing a lot of outrage even on social media.
“Once upon a time there was a wall with a half-faded pattern that screamed about all the desolation and sadness of a long-forgotten place, albeit one visited by many. Ribaldone continues – I’m talking about Proccio, a few houses clustered around a crossroads, which has become a center of shops, bars, charming shops, since many years ago it was brilliantly closed to car traffic, which was slightly diverted, but in a way that this place has become a meeting place and resting place for tourists and residents.”
“After a busy road, there is access to one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the island, a destination for thousands of holidaymakers,” adds Ribaldone. And this little square with no real name, no real meaning, even if private, with adjoining walls faded and abandoned, screamed all the loneliness and sadness of no one’s lack of interest. created by a group of artists from different places who in the summer of 1950 gave birth to a slightly “bohemian” cultural center, which was headquartered in the then “Ristorante da Renzo”. Each artist left a drawing and his signature on the wall, there is also a small drawing by Italo Bolano. .. Today, only the narrow walls of this place remain covered with the improvised works of many passing artists, and the manager of the ice cream parlor located there is obliged to keep them, because they were declared worthy of protection. Mini object of cultural activity and tourism.
“But back to the square across the street. – explains Ribaldone – Our artist, who came from Turin, opened her “studio” more than 10 years ago in this sad and nameless square and asked her to “resurrect” that wall And it so happened that Barbara Blin, an artist in love with Elba, is almost new “artist of the dunes”, with great difficulty, great enthusiasm and entirely at his own expense, has turned this faded wall into a small “glimpse” respecting the tradition of “trompe-l’oeil” and the memory of the views of the Elbe, from a door reproduced by a real one present in Marciana , to the “breakthrough” of the wall, creating a view of the sea and the image of Guardiola, Procchio’s favorite symbol. Thus, Barbara gave the square an openness and air and named it the “weather vane” square, a tribute to the roses of the winds, of which she is a true teacher. For a long ten years she devoted herself to it with a love that perhaps even a real Elban would not have devoted to this delightful corner and a photograph approved by all, it has become a place of excellence in Procchio.
But fairy tales don’t always have happy endings. Not a single prince fell in love and did not marry in this square …. Once an “evil ogre” appeared, who, without knowing why, whitewashed this wall, erasing so much labor and self-denial with ignorance and arrogance.
“We don’t even want to claim here many other, perhaps much better known examples of ‘street art’,” Ribaldone concludes, “a new artistic culture emerging around the world with the goal of turning abandoned places into works of art, sometimes even one of the most famous representatives of this artistic movement – the mysterious Bansky, who, among other things, achieved high economic prices.
I am far from comparing Blin with a “street artist”, but the fact remains: a work created out of sincere love for the beauty of this land was destroyed by petty ignorance, bordering on vandalism. And it remains incomprehensible how not a single public body complained about this real disgrace, adding its voice to the chorus of many people who complained about this “enterprise”, which, unfortunately, will not be able to return what was badly taken away.