Blu confronts themes of inequality and social injustice in new Rome mural.
The celebrated Bolognese street artist Blu has created a giant mural on the gable end of a social housing block in the north-east Rome suburb of Rebibbia, already home to several large-scale Blu works.
Located on Via Ciciliano and entitled Cápita, the mural depicts a seemingly happy scene of colourful water slides at an amusement park.
However on closer inspection the work reveals itself to be an attack on capitalism, a bitter response to inequality and social justice: all themes close to the heart of the Rome-based artist.The allegorical mural is divided in two: the gold water slide to the right lead to a luxurious swimming pool for the chosen few, the pipes to the left lead to a sludge pit for the many.Last year Blu created a massive mural in Quarticciolo, another east Rome suburb, featuring a bling-laden Venus and David, confronting themes of ostentation and narcissism.
Although ranked in the world's top ten street artists by The Guardian, Blu remains an outside figure among his peers.
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Street artist Blu creates new mural in Rome
Via Ciciliano, 00156 Roma RM, Italy