Hey guys, it’s me, the Pop Corn King, your friendly street art reporter. Unfortunately, no big trips around Europe this weekend. You know, sometimes a “pit stop” weekend at home is healthy, especially for my wallet. Anyway, I am a lucky man, because I live in a city where almost every day the streets have a new story to tell. So welcome in Turin, Italy, my sweet hometown. Being my city, I would be able to write an epic poem about Turin. But I prefer to make you experience directly the streets, so I’ll go straight to the point. Here you can find some of the coolest graffiti spots in town, as usual hidden gems forgotten by the traditional travel guides. Enjoy Turin street art!
PARCO MICHELOTTI (corso Casale)
If you are planning to stay in town for few days, probably you will spend most of your time in the center of the city. So Parco Michelotti is perfect to start your alternative tour, because it’s only 15 minutes’ walk from Piazza Vittorio, one of the most important squares of the city.
This big green park, just in front of the Po river, was originally the Turin Zoo, closed in 1987. After the closing of the gates, basically the area was forgotten and abandoned. But, you know, street artists love forgotten and abandoned places, so between 2011 and 2012, some of the most talented Italian street artists covered all the old buildings of the zoo with their personal visions, investigating the complex relationship between men and animals. I am talking about big names of the Italian graffiti scene: Truly Design, Seacreative, Mr. Fijodor, Max Petrone, 108 and much more. If you know something about street art, “fuck yeah” is the only possible comment.
Anyway for a couple of years the gates of the park re-opened and the area was re-named Street Art Museum, an amazing open air, green and free art museum. Then (don’t ask me why) the city decided to stop the project and the park is currently closed. That’s really sad, for sure, but the good thing is that actually the gates are not so high. So, if you are brave enough, maybe you can “jump the hurdle” and enjoy one of the most incredible walk in the park of your life.
SAMO (corso Tortona 52)
You know, historically Turin is an industrial city, so there are tons of old factories and warehouses perfect for requalification projects. SAMO is one of these projects and it’s a sort of big bar / club / art gallery, inside a dismissed depot fully decorated by the Italian street art game elite: Truly Design (with a giant anamorphism of an octopus), Etnik (with his geometrical visions), Alessandro Calligaris and much more. Fuck yeah, again.
Normally the gates open in the evening (around 18-19), so SAMO may be the perfect choice for a party night, drinking, dancing and enjoying street art. Do you need more?
BUNKER (Via Niccolò Paganini 0/200)
Another great requalification concept, maybe even better, bigger and stronger. In fact Bunker is more than a mix between street art and clubbing culture, it’s a sort a community, a manifesto of an alternative way of living. Here, you will find not only readapted warehouses where you can drink and dance all night long, but also vegetable gardens, ramps for skaters, playing fields for basketball and volleyball and even a small lake for wakeboarders.
And then, obviously, there are the incredible walls. International masterpieces by Pixel Pancho, Zed1, Dzia, Galo, Nychos, just to give you a taste. Fuck yeah, for the third time.
Also in this case I suggest to follow the official webpage (http://www.variantebunker.com) and the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bunkertorino/?fref=ts) to be always updated about the thrilling Bunker life.
STAZIONE STURA (Strada Vicinale dell'Abbadia di Stura)
The street art train is coming, next stop Stazione Stura. A stop, to be honest, for real street art addicted only. In fact this is a small train station at the extreme north of the city surrounded by big council houses and nothing else.
Anyway it’s a good example of how street art often gives voice and visibility to suburbs and slums. And it’s great to see many talented street artists (Pixel Pancho, Etnik, Refreshink, Mr. Fijodor, Orma il Viandante and more, more and more) cooperating to convert a peripheral train station in a colorful open air art gallery. In other words, that’s why I love street art.
Ok, buddies, time to bring down the curtain. There would be much more to say, maybe another day in another post.
So, what are you waiting for? Less words, more streets!
Your friendly Pop Corn King (@re_del_pop_corn)