After the success of the first edition in 2019 that saw 4 urban artists and 20 students create urban artworks on the walls of the Politecnico di Milano headquarters, this year Poli Urban Colors 21 returned with a second edition that saw 45 artists and 20 students from Politecnico di Milano working on over 2000 m² of wall.
From 1 to 11 June, Milanese, Italian and internationally renowned artists collaborated with the students to create various mural paintings following the theme chosen for this second edition, Urban Surrealism.
For this reason, the Festival’s symbolic star was none other than Peeta, a Veneto-based writer known throughout the world for his artwork that plays with architecture and creates optical illusions based on perspective and three-dimensionality.
Alongside Peeta were artists who attended the Milan Polytechnic such as Vandalo, Teatro, Rancy, Boxe, Kraken, Dikens and Sorte, and writers from Milan or active in the Milanese scene such as FlyCat, one of the first to paint the underground.
There was also no shortage of artists from other Italian cities, including Emans and Trota from Rome and Corvino from Bologna, and artists from much further afield such as Caribes from Venezuela.
Luca Rancy, Nabla and Zibe”, Urban Solid, Andrea Corvino, Frah Quintale, Giacomo Dallospazio and Refresh Ink complete the 45 artists present at this edition.
Finally, thanks to the collaboration with the students of the Politecnico it was possible to use technology both to experiment and design the mural at its best, but also to exploit tools such as augmented reality, allowing the artwork to come to life through the smartphone.
“The aim is to enhance the area and give it new spaces to enjoy, inspiring passers-by to new expressive and cultural concepts. It is important for students and former students to take part in these initiatives themselves, and we are working on them so that they can be repeated as an annual format”. – Luca Mayr, curator and artistic director of Poli Urban Colors
The entire project is sponsored by Municipio 9 and the Municipality of Milan, and this year also had the support of two excellent sponsors, Zalando and Vans, as well as Boero Colori and Clash Paint, which provided 15 bottles of paint and 400 spray cans respectively.
Discover the mural paintings below and visit the Poli Urban Colors website to find out every single detail.