Florence street art may be something you don’t expect to see when you visit this beautiful city. But recently I’ve visited Florence and while wandering its streets full of Renaissance architecture I’ve spotted something very unexpected.
Street Art inspired by classic art. All with snorkel masks and scuba diving gear!
It’s creator is Blub. This mysterious artist whose identity is unknown is using art history icons like Dante and Botticelli’s Venus and some contemporaries like Freddie Mercury and putting them underwater. His project ‘L’arte Sa Nuotare’ – or ‘Art Knows how to Swim’ gave him quite a recognition, and he fully deserves it. Especially for featuring pieces by my favorite Rene Magritte!
Blub creates his art on posters that are handmade on thin paper. This technique doesn’t do any harm to the architecture – unlike the classic “spray” graffiti. Besides Blub pastes his masterpieces only on the gas boxes all around the Florence city center and doesn’t use building walls. With his works he believes he beautifies and improve the look of Florence.
Why water? The artist said he wanted to use it as a metaphor of challenges in human life and to illustrate the fact that the art survives and swims on regardless of whatever happens.
Below you will see the gallery of the photographs sent mostly by one of our Facebook fanpage fan, Judit Erharter (thank you!) Let’s see how many of those classic pieces you can identify :]
You can also check out Blub’s work on Instagram @lartesanuotare.